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United States thanks Filipino health workers, sends $19.5 million worth of aid for Philippines’ COVID response

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That’s what friends are for.

The United States has never left the Philippines’ side in the war against the coronavirus outbreak.

The US government has so far extended $19.5 million worth of assistance to the Philippines’ efforts to combat the pandemic. The latest American aid consisted of personal protective equipment sets for health workers in Basilan and Pagadian, according to the US Embassy in Manila.

“U.S. service members, with the assistance of Philippine Joint Task Force Basilan, donated personal protective equipment and other essential medical supplies to healthcare workers at Basilan General Hospital to help sustain their fight against COVID-19. #FriendsPartnersAllies #COVID19PH #coronavirus,” the embassy wrote on Instagram.

Another Instagram post showed the delivery of US aid to the Pagadian City medical center.

“U.S. military service members, with the support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, donated supplies and personal protective equipment to the Pagadian City Medical Center to help medical workers in the fight against COVID-19,” the embassy said.

“To date, total U.S. government COVID-19 assistance to the Philippines amounts to more than Php978 million (over $19.5 million). #FriendsPartnersAllies #COVID19PH,” it added.

The United States recently sent personal protective equipment including masks, gloves, and gowns to medical facilities in Tarlac and Bataan. The humanitarian aid is “part of our effort to support Filipino frontline responders,” the embassy said.

“Thank you to all the frontline responders for your hard work and sacrifice to keep us safe,” the embassy added.

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