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World Bank moving forward on first $1.7 billion in pandemic aid projects

Reuters Sunday, 22 March 2020
The World Bank's executive board is expected to consider later this week the first fast-track funds to help Afghanistan and Ethiopia respond to the coronavirus pandemic, the Bank's president said on Sunday.
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