With Coronavirus now spreading around the globe, urgent action is required to help countries respond. A rapid response can help stop transmission and protect lives. And it is often poorer countries with weak health systems that are hardest hit by such outbreaks. The World Bank Group is providing up to $12 billion in immediate support for member countries coping with the health and economic impact of COVID-19. It has pledged to help train more frontline health workers, improve access to healthcare for the poorest and to strengthen disease monitoring. To learn more about the support being offered by the World Bank Group, Dr Muhammad Pate, Global Director for Health, Nutrition and Population spoke to Expert Answers.