USAID's COVID-19 Response: Latest News

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Read the latest news of how the United States Agency for International Development is responding to COVID-19.

 

Last updated: October 21, 2021

October 21, 2021

The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announced an additional $2.5 million in urgent COVID-19 assistance for Sri Lanka. This assistance will accelerate equitable access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccinations and strengthen the ability of health workers to address COVID-19.

October 21, 2021

The United States - through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) - is providing $5 million in urgent COVID-19 assistance for the West Bank and Gaza. It builds on the U.S. donation of 500,000 Moderna vaccines through COVAX to the Palestinian Authority to help in the fight against COVID-19 and the $25 million in assistance USAID provided to the West Bank and Gaza earlier in 2021. This assistance will improve access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccinations, as well as reduce morbidity and mortality from COVID-19. The funds will also mitigate transmission and strengthen health systems in the region to prevent, detect, and respond to pandemic threats.

October 21, 2021

As of today, the United States has successfully donated and delivered 200 million COVID-19 vaccines to more than 100 countries around the world. President Biden has pledged that the U.S. will be the world’s arsenal of vaccines, and USAID continues to play a pivotal role in fulfilling the ambitious goal of vaccinating 70 percent of the eligible global population by next year. USAID, in coordination with the White House, other U.S. Government departments and agencies, and COVAX, the global vaccine access initiative, is helping get safe and effective shots in arms around the world.

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October 18, 2021

The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced an additional $25 million in urgent COVID-19 assistance to help Bangladesh provide life-saving medical and oxygen supplies and cold chain equipment to store, transport, and administer vaccines safely.  In addition to U.S.-donated vaccines, this new U.S. assistance will help Bangladesh expand vaccinations to people across the country, enable health workers to treat critically ill patients more effectively, and enhance the quality of care in health facilities.

October 15, 2021

For the past five months, Vietnam has experienced a severe wave of COVID-19, particularly in the South, that has slowed down and limited the uptake of key HIV services. As Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi gradually re-open, private HIV clinics have begun to see an uptick in clients seeking HIV  services. Clinics are now actively contacting clients to restart on PrEP (HIV preventative medicine) for those who discontinued due to the lock-down. With restrictions easing on October 1, USAID-supported Tay Ninh Pride HIV services clinic contacted waitlisted clients to help them access testing and start PrEP (if negative) and treatment (if positive). USAID/PATH Healthy Markets project is also supporting partners – especially those in Dong Nai where COVID-19 restrictions remain strict – to maintain online counseling, communications, and home-delivery of HIV self-test kits and PrEP drugs.

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