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: July 28, 2021

July 28, 2021

The United States continues to take decisive action to protect both the American people and the world’s most vulnerable by providing safe and effective vaccines around the world. Today, during his first trip to India, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will provide $25 million (about 185 crore rupees) to support India’s COVID-19 vaccination program.

U.S. Government Provides 1.5 Million Doses of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to Tajikistan
July 25, 2021

The U.S. government provided Tajikistan with 1.5 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.  The vaccine doses represent humanitarian assistance from the United States for the people of Tajikistan and arrived on Monday, July 26.  This donation builds upon the $9 million in assistance the United States has provided to Tajikistan to combat COVID-19 since March 2020. The United States and Tajikistan are partners in controlling the pandemic.

USAID Mission Director to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Reed Aeschliman, greets the arrival of 500,000 rapid diagnostic test kits to Colombo.
July 22, 2021

The United States donated 500,000 Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) as part of its commitment to support Sri Lanka’s fight against COVID-19. These tests, worth 300 million Sri Lankan rupees (USD 1.5 million), were delivered to the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health through the United States Government’s development arm, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  These RDTs come in addition to over 1.5 million Moderna vaccines the American people donated to Sri Lanka on Friday, July 16.

June 30, 2021

Today, the United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) in collaboration with the World Bank Group, Germany, and France, announced a joint investment to boost vaccine manufacturing capacity in Africa. As Vice Chair of DFC’s Board of Directors, I was proud to vote yes on this deal. This financing will enable a South African business to ramp up manufacturing capacity and produce more than 500 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by the end of 2022.

June 25, 2021

Yesterday, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva to discuss how to strengthen the relationship between the IMF and USAID.