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China pledges $2bn to fight global pandemic

Chinese President, Xi Jinping, said on Monday that China will contribute $2 billion (Two billion dollars) over the next two years for the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The money, the Chinese leader said, is not only earmarked for health measures, but also for development aid for affected countries.

Xi said in a message to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) annual conference that other countries need to increase their funding to the WHO.

“The WHO should lead the global response,’’ he said about the UN agency that is facing a shortfall because the United States has suspended its financial contributions.

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