A Virus of Austerity? The COVID-19 spending, accountability, and recovery measures agreed between the IMF and your government Blog by Nadia Daar and Nona Tamale 12 October 2020 $101 billion to 81 countries. That's how much COVID-19 financing the International Monetary Fund has lent to countries so far. And it has committed to deploy an overall $1 trillion in lending to countries in need. But what’s behind those numbers? Over the past few months, we’ve been combing through thousands of pages, extracting and collating data from 91 IMF COVID-19 loans to help us get answers to these questions.