USAID's COVID-19 Response

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U.S. international engagement to combat COVID-19 and advance global health security is an urgent priority — to save lives, promote economic recovery, and develop resilience against future biological catastrophes.
Joseph R. Biden
President of the United States

National Security Memorandum on United States Global Leadership
to Strengthen the International COVID-19 Response and to
Advance Global Health Security and Biological Preparedness

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the greatest health challenges the world has ever faced. In order to beat COVID-19 in the United States and abroad, keep Americans safe, rebuild our economy, and curb the emergence of variants, we must fight it everywhere it exists.

USAID’s Response

Since the start of the outbreak, USAID has provided billions to fight COVID-19 in more than 120 countries. Our comprehensive response spans multiple sectors and our assistance is tailored to each country’s needs. Our efforts:

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Provide Emergency Relief
 
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Strengthen Health Systems
 
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Support Vaccine Readiness and Distribution
 
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Improve Public Health Education
 
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Protect Healthcare Workers and Facilities
 

COVAX & Vaccine Distribution

The United States, through USAID, has contributed $2 billion to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to support the purchase and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to 92 low- and middle- income countries, and we plan to commit another $2 billion by 2022. This contribution to COVAX is supporting equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for the world’s most vulnerable and at-risk populations, including frontline health care workers. For the latest information on deliveries, Gavi publishes live updates.

American Rescue Plan

In addition, the historic American Rescue Plan is saving lives and livelihoods in the U.S. and globally. The plan provides nearly $11 billion — approximately five percent of the total funding — to USAID and the Department of State to fight the pandemic; respond to urgent humanitarian needs; address devastating social and economic impacts; mitigate impacts on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria; and support multilateral efforts and international organizations.

Leadership in Global Health

As a global health leader for decades, USAID supports communities to combat infectious diseases such as Ebola, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and now COVID-19. These investments have saved lives, protected people most vulnerable to disease, strengthened health systems, promoted stability, and are now ensuring countries can respond better and faster to the COVID-19 pandemic. Diseases know no borders.

USAID works closely with the international community, including the World Health Organization, governments, NGOs, and the private sector to fight COVID-19 on the ground to ensure countries have strong health systems and supplies. Our partnerships are essential to a unified, global response to the pandemic.

Secondary Effects of COVID-19

Because of COVID-19, decades of progress in global health, education, democracy, and food security are in danger. This landscape analysis assesses the latest trends and forecasts on the pandemic’s first and secondary impacts after one year. USAID is taking proactive action to address these secondary effects and sustain our investments to help protect U.S. national security. For example:

  • More than 1.7 billion students have been affected by school closures. To keep children learning, USAID is supporting virtual education through TV, radio, and online classes in more than 50 countries, reaching more than 24 million learners in 2020.
  • An additional 23 million people needed emergency food assistance in 2020. USAID has rapidly delivered food to more than 4.7 million people across the world.

Preventing the Next Pandemic

The spread of COVID-19 has shown that an infectious disease threat anywhere can be a threat everywhere. By investing in global health, USAID is doing more than fighting COVID-19 — we are fighting to secure a future free of deadly pandemics.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

COVID-19 Workforce Safety Plan & Workplace Guidelines


WHAT WE'RE SAYING

What We're Saying About COVID-19

LATEST NEWS

Latest News About COVID-19

IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS

COVID-19 Guidance For Implementing Partners

CDC RESPONSE

Response page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

FACT SHEETS

The United States is Leading the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19

GET INVOLVED

Visit CIDI.org

USAID Operating Status

USAID OPERATING STATUS UPDATE AS OF 5/20/2020

Applies to: May 20, 2020 - Until Further Notice

STATUS: OPEN -- USAID EMPLOYEES REMAIN ON MANDATORY TELEWORK AND ARE AVAILABLE VIRTUALLY. ACCESS TO USAID DOMESTIC FACILITIES IS RESTRICTED AND REQUIRES THE APPROVAL OF THE AGENCY’S ACTING ADMINISTRATOR OR BUREAU/INDEPENDENT OFFICE HEADS. 

Last updated: May 20, 2021

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