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

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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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USAID Operating Status

USAID OPERATING STATUS UPDATE AS OF 5/20/2020

Applies to: May 20, 2020 - Until Further Notice

STATUS: OPEN -- USAID EMPLOYEES REMAIN ON MANDATORY TELEWORK AND ARE AVAILABLE VIRTUALLY. ACCESS TO USAID DOMESTIC FACILITIES IS RESTRICTED AND REQUIRES THE APPROVAL OF THE AGENCY’S ACTING ADMINISTRATOR OR BUREAU/INDEPENDENT OFFICE HEADS. 

Last updated: October 28, 2021

United States Provides Additional $2.8 Million for COVID-19 Assistance in Tajikistan
September 15, 2021

The United States -- through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) -- announced $2.8 million in urgent COVID-19 assistance for Tajikistan. The funding will support the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population’s efforts to coordinate Tajikistan’s COVID-19 vaccine readiness, delivery, and effectiveness; strengthen the capacity of healthcare workers; and optimize oxygen systems including by procuring the equipment and supplies needed for oxygen production, distribution and delivery to patients.

USAID provides USD 2 million to UNICEF and the WHO to support COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Lao PDR
September 15, 2021

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on 13 September officially announced a grant of USD 2 million to help support the readiness, delivery, and monitoring of COVID-19 vaccines to Lao PDR and to strengthen the country’s cold chain system. The USAID grant to UNICEF and the WHO was announced at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Health and chaired by Minister of Health Dr. Bounfeng Phoummalaysith, U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR Dr. Peter M. Haymond, UNICEF Country Representative to Lao PDR Pia Rebello Britto, and the WHO Officer-in-Charge to Lao PDR Dr. Jun Gao. 

Timor-Leste's Minister of Health, Dr. Odete Belo, left, and U.S. Embassy Dili’s Chargé d’affaires Tom Daley officially announce an additional $1 million in U.S assistance to Timor-Leste through USAID.
September 13, 2021

Today, the United States—through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)—announced $1 million in new COVID-19 assistance for Timor-Leste to extend the reach of vaccination programs by engaging trusted leaders and civil society organizations to urge hesitant citizens to get vaccinated, especially in communities outside Dili.  The total U.S. assistance to help Timor-Leste fight COVID-19 now stands at $5 million.

September 10, 2021

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Secretary General Jagan Chapagain of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). They discussed IFRC’s tremendous contributions to tackling global health and humanitarian challenges around the world, including their work responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 9, 2021

Today, the U.S. government—through USAID—announced an additional $11.3 million in COVID-19 assistance for the Philippines to support the country’s vaccine rollout efforts, as well as the Philippines’ national response plan to detect, manage, and treat COVID-19, especially among its most vulnerable populations. This support brings the total USAID, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Defense COVID-19 assistance to the Philippines to more than $39 million since the start of the pandemic.

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