Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest News


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


Last updated: August 03, 2020

August 10, 2020

Continuing the United States’ support to the Lao PDR in the fight against Covid-19, Acting USAID Laos Country Office Director Patrick Bowers delivered additional supplies to Vice Minister of Health Dr. Phouthone Muangpak at a handover ceremony in Vientiane Capital on August 7.  This new shipment of medical and laboratory supplies, valued at more than USD 170,000, is provided by the United States through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

August 7, 2020

Through Vietnam’s Payment for Forest Environmental Services (PFES) system, designed with USAID support, downstream forest service users, including hydropower companies, pay upstream communities for protecting watersheds so that those companies have stable water supply to produce electricity. Since PFES was first piloted in 2008, it has generated approximately $600 million, and payments to rural forest owners have been primarily made in cash. Over the past two years, USAID’s Vietnam Forests and Deltas (VFD) program worked with ViettelPay and Vietnam’s Forest Protection and Development Fund to introduce e-payments via mobile phones to rural communities for protecting forests.

August 7, 2020

To help Vietnamese manufacturers overcome disruptions in global supply chains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, on July 23, the USAID Linkages for Small and Medium Enterprises (USAID LinkSME) project and the Vietnam Association for Supporting Industries (VASI), a leading Vietnamese business support organization, held the “Manufacturing Matchmaking Event 2020” in Hanoi. The event served as a platform to strengthen linkages between lead firms sourcing in Vietnam and Vietnamese small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in local supply chains. Lead firms such as VinFast, Thaco, Panasonic Vietnam, Samsung Vietnam, Ford Vietnam, and Mitsubishi Motors Vietnam connected with more than 60 local SMEs in the metals, electrical, electronics, plastics, rubber, and automation sectors. Local suppliers marketed their products, built business relationships with lead firms, and shared information on new developments and technology in the manufacturing industry.

August 5, 2020

The United States continues to lead the world in the fight against COVID-19, with $20.5 billion now allocated from across the U.S. Government to benefit the global response. This incredible effort, made possible by the generous American taxpayers, includes funding for vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics; preparedness efforts; and State Department and USAID foreign assistance funding.

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August 4, 2020

The U.S. government has donated a shipment of 250 state-of-the-art ventilators and other critical care equipment to assist Ethiopia with its response to COVID-19. The donation delivers on President Trump’s generous offer to Prime Minister Abiy of these critically needed supplies, in support of Ethiopia’s urgent and comprehensive response to the pandemic.