The Western Cape and the US governments have signed a R150 million agreement to help control TB, HIV and COVID-19 in the province.

The money will be spread over five years.

Acting US Consul General, Will Stevens, says the partnership is about fighting all forms of pandemics in what he says is the first US government-to-government agreement with a province.

Stevens says, “It is an extension of our partnership in the health arena, it’s an expansion of the programme fighting HIV and AIDS, fighting tuberculosis and an expansion of the work.”

He says, “We do to test and prevent, test people with COVID-19, from ventilators at the early stages of COVID-19 to the donation of over 8 million vaccines to South Africa from the United States government and now these vaccination stations for people who need to vaccinated, is all interconnected.”

The video below has more details on the agreement: