USAID's COVID-19 Response

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COVID-19 is one of the greatest health challenges our world has ever faced. To beat the virus in the United States, we must also fight it abroad. USAID’s work to end the pandemic is keeping Americans safe, saving lives around the world, and rebuilding the U.S. and global economies.


We need to attack this virus globally, not just at home, because it’s in America’s self-interest to do so. The virus knows no boundaries. —President Joe Biden

USAID’s Global Response

COVID-19 knows no borders and no one is safe until everyone is safe. USAID is working around the clock to help save lives and end the pandemic for all. Since the beginning of the pandemic, USAID has supported more than 120 countries to contain and combat the virus. To date, USAID has provided more than $9 billion to intensify the fight against COVID-19 around the world, pave the way to global recovery, and strengthen global health security.

Only through collaboration can we collectively overcome COVID-19. —Administrator Samantha Power

USAID’s Programs

USAID is building on decades of global health leadership combating infectious diseases such as Ebola, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria to now fight COVID-19. USAID programs are helping deliver vaccines and get shots in arms, expand access to COVID-19 testing and treatment, protect and train health workers, deliver life-saving health commodities and equipment, share reliable public health information, and safeguard global health security. Yet USAID is not just fighting the disease—USAID is fighting to secure decades of development progress that the pandemic is unwinding. USAID programs are keeping kids in school, providing emergency food and hygiene assistance, helping people find work, preventing democratic backsliding, addressing gender-based violence, and tackling other devastating impacts of the pandemic.

USAID is committed to building back a better world, one that is better prepared to prevent, detect, and respond to future biological threats, and where all people can live safe, prosperous, and healthy lives. — USAID COVID-19 Task Force Director Jeremy Konyndyk


The spread of COVID-19 has shown that an infectious disease threat anywhere can be a threat everywhere. USAID is dedicated to ending this pandemic for everyone, everywhere.


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Last updated: April 14, 2022

USAID/Vietnam Mission Director Ann Marie Yastishock, Vice Minister of Health Tran Van Thuan and UNICEF Representative to Viet Nam Rana Flowers at the event.
March 25, 2022

HANOI, March 25, 2022 -- Today, in a ceremony at the Ministry of Health, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and UNICEF marked their recent provision of $1 million in life-saving equipment and vaccine administration supplies to Vietnam to assist with its COVID-19 response. 

The equipment and supplies, funded by USAID and delivered through UNICEF between November 2021 and February 2022, include 2.5 million syringes, 125,000 N95 face masks and 250 portable patient monitors. The donation has come at a timely moment as Vietnam responds to the current Omicron-fueled wave.

March 17, 2022

Today, the United States has delivered half a billion COVID-19 vaccines, all donated free of charge, to more than 110 countries in every region of the world—more doses than any other nation. For every shot we have given in the United States, nearly one has been shipped abroad. Today marks an important milestone in reaching President Biden’s extraordinary pledge to donate more than 1.2 billion safe and effective shots worldwide, with no expectations in return.

March 11, 2022

On March 3 in Hanoi, USAID and the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) co-organized a conference to introduce Government Resolution 02/2022, which details measures for enhancing Vietnam’s business environment and national competitiveness in 2022, with particular emphasis on socio-economic recovery and development in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference, co-chaired by Vice Minister of Planning and Investment Tran Duy Dong and USAID Mission Director Ann Marie Yastishock, was attended by over 400 representatives (76 attended on site: 32 males, 44 females) from government agencies, provincial governments, international organizations, and the business community.

March 8, 2022

Today at the Global Pandemic Preparedness Summit hosted by the Government of the United Kingdom, Administrator Samantha Power announced that the United States, through USAID, intends to provide $150 million over three years, subject to Congressional appropriations, to support the work of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). The new commitment will support key goals of the American Pandemic Preparedness plan and G7 100 Days Mission by stimulating and accelerating the development of life-saving vaccines and other countermeasures against biological threats, including COVID-19. Once the President’s Budget Request is released, additional information will be shared about how the U.S. will help advance shared goals.

March 8, 2022

We strongly share CEPI’s aspiration to produce a new, highly effective vaccine to treat any emerging, infectious disease within 100 days—and we applaud the Coalition’s work to rally the world behind this goal. That's why we're pleased to announce today that the United States, through USAID, intends to invest $150 million over three years, to support CEPI’s work—our largest financial investment in the Coalition to date, and we look forward to working with Congress to secure support for this critical investment.