2021 Press Releases


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Last updated: December 01, 2021

December 1, 2021

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development commemorates World AIDS Day. For eighteen years, USAID has played a critical role in implementing the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which has helped save more than 21 million lives, and we are currently supporting life-saving HIV treatment for nearly seven million people around the world. We are committed to ending the global HIV epidemic through equitable and inclusive access to services for all in need.

December 1, 2021

Today, USAID Deputy Administrator for Policy and Programming Isobel Coleman met with United Nations World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley. They discussed the urgent humanitarian crises around the world, including in Ethiopia and Afghanistan.

December 1, 2021

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Mr. Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman of Econet Global, Special Envoy to the African Union (AU) on COVID-19, and coordinator of the Africa Vaccine Acquisition Task Team. They were joined by Vera Songwe, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Dr. John Nkengasong, the Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and President Biden’s nominee for Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator of U.S. Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally.

December 1, 2021

Today, the United States and Mexico are announcing Sembrando Oportunidades, a new framework for development cooperation to address the root causes of irregular migration from northern Central America. Under this framework, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Mexican Agency for International Development and Cooperation (AMEXCID) plan to coordinate our development resources and expertise to help citizens of northern Central America build prosperous futures in their home communities.

November 30, 2021

I think the spirit of the Democracy Summit is that many countries now, including the United States, are dealing with these challenges at the same time. And we have a lot to learn from our engagements internationally as well. From how people keep their elections safe; what are the best tools to fight vaccine hesitancy? We haven't cracked the code on that; we've made some headway. The sources of vaccine hesitancy and the disinformation is different in every country I visit. I was just in Moldova where vaccination rates are quite low, and a lot of that, again has to do with what certain actors are putting on the internet, but also certain traditions that lead communities not to trust government.