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Singapore vows to contribute $13.8m in World Bank’s health crisis fund

The fund will help countries prepare for future health crises.

To overcome another possible global health crisis, Singapore agreed to provide $13.8m (US$10m) in World Bank’s proposed financial intermediary fund (FIF).

In a statement, the government said the G20 Joint Finance and Health Ministers Meeting endorsed a proposal to put up the FIF to improve response and prevention of a future pandemic.

“The FIF aims to fill critical financing prevention, preparedness and response (PPR) gaps and promote a more coordinated approach to PPR investments,” read the statement.

It will also leverage domestic investments in low and lower-middle-income countries as well as “build pandemic PPR capacities at the regional and global levels.”

Aside from Singapore, the European Commission, Germany, Indonesia, and the US, vowed contributions to FIF.

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