“Australia has pledged around 15 million US dollars (Vt1.7 billion) for Vanuatu towards preparedness for covid-19 and recovery from the impact of Cyclone Harold.
“Vanuatu's Prime Minister Bob Loughman confirmed the assistance from his country's closest donor partner after a meeting with Australian High Commissioner Sarah deZoeten.
“The High Commissioner said Australians had been touched by the response of the government and people of Vanuatu during the recent bush fires in Australia.
“While Vanuatu is yet to register a confirmed case of coronavirus, it is feeling the impacts of the shock from covid-19 on its economy as it also struggles to recover from the devastation of Harold a category 5 storm when it hit the country in early April.”
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