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: April 12, 2021

USAID Vietnam Acting Mission Director Bradley Bessire (left) and U.S. Ambassador Daniel J. Kritenbrink (center) talk with AstraZeneca Vietnam Chairman and General Director Nitin Kapoor at the handover event.
April 1, 2021

HANOI, April 1, 2021 -- The United States congratulates Vietnam on their first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX campaign, with the arrival of 811,200 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.  This campaign was made possible through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.  The United States recently announced a commitment to provide an initial payment of $2 billion—out of a total planned $4 billion—to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, making the United States the single largest contributor to global COVID-19 vaccine access.

April 1, 2021

With COVID-19 sparking supply chain disruption leading to unprecedented demand for natural horticulture products, protecting plants and plant products from pests while facilitating safe trade is more important than ever. Such protection is the mandate of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), one of the three reference organizations of the World Trade Organization’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Agreement, along with the Codex Alimentarius Commission (food safety), and the World Organization for Animal Health.

March 29, 2021

On Thursday, April 15, 2021, the United States will co-host with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the launch of the Investment Opportunity for the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment. The virtual convening will call on partners to join the United States and others in providing resources and commitments to accelerate global COVID-19 vaccinations and end the pandemic.

The United States is Committed to Support COVID-19 Vaccine Response in Indonesia through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment Initiative
March 10, 2021

Heather Variava, Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the United States Mission to Indonesia offered her congratulations to Indonesia on the successful arrival of 1,113,600 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on March 8, 2021. This shipment is part of the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (COVAX AMC), a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. This is the first shipment of the total of 11,704,800 Indonesia is slated to receive from COVAX AMC.

March 3, 2021

Yesterday, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Gloria Steele met with United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Henrietta Fore. During the meeting, they affirmed their shared interest in maintaining USAID and UNICEF’s long-standing partnership in addressing the critical humanitarian and development challenges facing children and vulnerable populations. They noted shared concern about the immediate and long-term challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on education.