U.S. to give more than $300 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan
The United States will provide more than $308 million and one million doses of coronavirus vaccines as humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan. The announcement was made Tuesday in a White House press release.
“The United States announces a new donation of more than $308 million in humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan. Total U.S. humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan since October 2021 reaches nearly $782 million. In addition, the United States is providing one million doses of COVID-19 through the COVAX mechanism to the people of Afghanistan, bringing the total to 4.3 million doses,” the press release stated.
According to the White House, the U.S. Agency for International Development will send humanitarian assistance through independent humanitarian organizations in response to growing humanitarian needs exacerbated by COVID-19 and inadequate health services, drought, food shortages and the winter season.
The United States is committed to supporting the Afghan people, and we continue to consider all options available to us. We stand with the people of Afghanistan. Against the backdrop of years of conflict in the country, the economic situation has become extremely difficult. According to UN forecasts, more than half of Afghanistan’s population (about 22.8 million people) may face critical food shortages between November and March.