The new £119m aid package to combat the combined threat of the two vices also follows UK’s takeover of the G7 and Conference of Parties (COP) 26 Presidencies.
Foreign Secretary for British High Commission Dominic Raab said in a statement, the UK government will lead a global call to action to protect the world’s poorest people from COVID-19 and the increasing threat of famine.
The package will help reduce malnutrition and child mortality through a new partnership with the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) aimed at providing life-saving nutrition services to mothers and children.
“The Coronavirus pandemic, conflict, locust swarms and climate change have left 250 million people worldwide facing extreme hunger this year, with parts of Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Burkina Faso on the brink of famine.
“Without international attention, many more will die from hunger and disease, and the pandemic will continue to spread in developing countries and to the wider world” read the statement.
The UK is already leading the way in the international search for a COVID-29 vaccine and has committed to equitable access for all to a successful vaccine, treatments and tests.
It is the largest donor to Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), the Vaccine Alliance, which is helping to make sure the poorest countries can access any Covid-19 vaccine.
It has also committed to spending 0.7 percent of its national income on aid, and there are expectations that the formation of the FCDO will its diplomatic influence and development expertise combinations to the best effect on the global stage.