But the countries that suffered the highest death tolls say they lack "the" funds to finance it.
In the sentence above, why is there "the" in front of the word funds? In the whole passage that this sentence was included, the "funds" were not mentioned beforehand.
From what I know, "the" is used to indicate specific nouns that have mentioned earlier in the context or a representative noun (as in "the police" or "the people"). And "the" in this case does not seem to fit into any of the two..
How should I make sense of this usage of a definite article?
I would greatly appreciate your help! Thanks!