U.S. prepared to send $100M in aid to China, others to help fight coronavirus

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stands in front of Uzbek and American national flags after a joint news conference with Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov following the talks in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo)

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UPDATED 8:00 PM PT — Friday, February 7, 2020

The U.S. is poised to donate $100 million to help China and other countries impacted by the deadly coronavirus. On Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed the Trump administration’s commitment to fighting the outbreak.

“Proud to announce an additional $100 million of existing funds to support China in combating the coronavirus. This commitment, along with hundreds of millions generously donated, demonstrates strong U.S. leadership in response to the outbreak. Together we can have a profound impact.” – Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State

Pompeo said the U.S. has already facilitated the transportation of more than 17 tons of medical supplies to China. He also noted the gesture is part of the nation’s longstanding record of strengthening global health security programs through financial aid.

The secretary assured the public that the U.S. will always help and encouraged other nations to step up as well.

American evacuees from the coronavirus outbreak in China board a bus after arriving by flight to Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. The evacuees are to be quarantined at Camp Ashland, a nearby Nebraska National Guard training base. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Meanwhile, the second flight holding American evacuees from China has landed in California. On Friday morning, the plane landed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

The flight, which was chartered by the U.S. State Department, carried about 300 passengers in total. All passengers will be subject to a 14 day quarantine upon arrival. They will join the roughly 170 Americans who arrived last week.

So far, only five passengers reportedly displayed symptoms of the coronavirus.

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