World Bank approves $57.6mln to combat spread of Corona in Jordan

08-06-2023 11:29 AM

Ammon News - The World Bank provided Jordan with $8.96 million as a new payment for the emergency response project to combat the spread of the coronavirus in Jordan.

Since the project's approval in April 2020, the total financing has reached $57.6 million.

The bank disbursed payments of $14 million in February 2021, $5.881 million in June 2020, and $50,000 in May 2020 as a down payment to start the project.

The project, which is expected to be completed on January 31, 2024, contributed to the purchase and receipt of 750,000 doses of Pfizer's vaccines, according to a document issued previously by the bank.

This project aims to stop, prevent and respond to the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic and strengthening local public health preparedness systems. As well as make resources available, and enable the expansion of a sustainable and comprehensive response to the pandemic that includes vaccination in Jordan.

The bank approved the original project in April 2022, through a $20 million loan, and approved an additional financing of $63 million (a $50 million IBRD loan, a $12.5 million grant from the Global Finance Facility (GFF) on concessional terms and $1.25 million from the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Trust Fund) on June 16, 2021.

The document also indicated that the project supported mandatory quarantine expenses for more than 5,300 people in late March 2020, and also supported expanded case management capabilities to accommodate sharp increases in infections/hospital cases.

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