The US on Monday pledged $5 million to help the Philippines in its fight against Covid-19.

US Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff announced Washington’s pledge during a US Agency for International Development (USAID) event in Caloocan.

“With this new contribution, the US has now committed over $51 million, or more than P3.1 billion, to the Philippines’ Covid-19 response since the outbreak began,” he said.

The US government has donated more than 33 million Covid-19 vaccine doses through the Covax facility since the onset of the pandemic.

To date, USAID has provided more than $10.6 billion to over 120 countries to assist them in their battles against the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The US is proud to support the Philippines in its fight against Covid-19 and tuberculosis. I am looking forward to continuing the partnership between our countries and working together to keep our communities safe and healthy and our schools open,” Emhoff said.

Emhoff is visiting the Philippines with his wife, US Vice President Kamala Harris. John Ezekiel J. Hirro