On November 21, 2019, the Swedish government made a pledge of SEK 10 million (US$1 million) to the World Health Organization's (WHO's) Contingency Fund for Emergencies. The Fund was created in the wake of the 2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa with the purpose of strengthening WHO's ability to act quickly in the event of infectious outbreaks.
The minister for health and social affairs, Lena Hallengren, said in a statement that, "Health-related crises must be dealt with jointly. Through the money for the WHO emergency fund, Sweden contributes to the global efforts against health threats and improved public health. This does not only increase security internationally, but also here in Sweden”.