The Trump administration announced Friday that it will provide $3.4 billion in new grants to help improve Indian health care, as part of a broader effort to address the country’s growing pandemic.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced the $3,000 grant, part of an overall $3 million infusion of funds to address health care needs in India, including expanding access to care and supporting public-private partnerships.
The $3-billion grants will be used to provide medical and research support to Indian entities and individuals to advance Indian health in the most cost-effective way, according to a statement.
The department is also committed to investing in health and related technology to increase Indian innovation and improve Indian capacity to address critical pandemic challenges.
India has been plagued by a severe health crisis since March 2016, when more than 30,000 people were infected with coronavirus and 1,000 died in the country.
The government has been accused of a cover-up and delays in response to the pandemic, which has been blamed on a massive spike in cases in the western state of Maharashtra.
The White House announced earlier this month that the government is increasing funds for a national immunization program and has also established a new office in Delhi to help develop a plan for the next pandemic in India.