President Biden will announce the United States’ intention to provide up to $102 million for new initiatives to expand the US-ASEAN Strategic Partnership at the October 26 US-ASEAN Summit.
According to a White House press statement Tuesday, the fund reflects the Biden-Harris administration’s deep commitment to ASEAN’s central role in the US vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Regarding the future of US-ASEAN health, the statement said, the US is committed to leading the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The United States intends to provide funding of up to $40 million for new efforts to accelerate joint research, strengthen health system capacities, and develop the next generation of human resources in the health sector.
The US-ASEAN Future of Health Initiative builds on US investments over the past 20 years in public health support in ASEAN, valued at more than $3.5 billion.
This initiative will help overcome the current pandemic and strengthen ASEAN’s ability to prevent, detect and respond to zoonotic and other infectious diseases in the future.
On climate, the US intends to provide up to $20.5 million for a new US-ASEAN Climate Future initiative dedicated to tackling the climate crisis and limiting global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. [ab/uh]