The heads of major UN agencies warned Tuesday of COVID-19’s risk to the world’s most vulnerable countries, pleading for urgent support to the global emergency supply system. 

They said that international donors have pledged around a quarter of the $2 billion the UN requested in the Global Humanitarian Response Plan for COVID-19 in March but said that the funds need “scaling up” to be effective.

“All elements of the Global Humanitarian Response Plan are crucial and need continued funding, but without these logistics common services, the global response could stutter to a halt,” said the agency heads.

“Now is

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