|26 March, 2020

Kuwait Amir directs $30.3mln allocation for anti-COVID-19 effort

The move is meant to back up the great efforts of the government to rein in the spread of the novel coronavirus

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah attends a summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, June 1, 2019.

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah attends a summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, June 1, 2019.

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KUWAIT - His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has instructed Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) to allocate KD 10 million (USD 30.3 million) for an emergency response program to mitigate coronavirus fallout, said KFAS Thursday.

The move is meant to back up the great efforts of the government to rein in the spread of the novel coronavirus, known as (COVID-19) worldwide, the KFAS said in a press statement.

The emergency response program against the globally spreading disease encompasses the realms of public health and education, it added.

The anti-COVID-19 endeavor aims at supporting the KFAS-affiliated Desman Diabetes Institute’s technique to sequence the genome of the coronavirus, study receptors for high risks of infections with the virus and design highly precise diagnoses, it elaborated.

It is also intended to offer relevant training courses to doctors and health care providers directly connected with buttressing field effectiveness and response to contagious diseases, according to the statement.

As for education, the aforementioned program mainly targets a tentative online education initiative purposed to continue learning during the class suspension period, it added. (KUNA)

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