2021 Press Releases


COVID-19: Learn how USAID is responding to the coronavirus.

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Last updated: June 13, 2021

June 7, 2021

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi to discuss how USAID and UNHCR can better work together to ensure that refugees can participate fully in the economy and society of host countries.

June 5, 2021

Forty years ago, on June 5th, 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the first official report of what later became known as AIDS. Since then, USAID has made great strides combating HIV as a lead implementer of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

June 5, 2021

On June 5, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) commemorates World Environment Day. In line with this year’s theme of “Ecosystem Restoration,” we recognize the importance of a healthy environment for global prosperity and security, and we reiterate our commitment to address the urgent environmental challenges we face.

June 5, 2021

Last night, as part of its ongoing emergency assistance to countries in South Asia, the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), airlifted urgent medical supplies to help Bangladesh battle its latest COVID-19 surge.  The U.S. Air Force C-17 flight departed from Travis Air Force Base in California for Dhaka, Bangladesh carrying over 2 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect thousands of health care workers in Bangladesh.

June 4, 2021

Thirty-two years ago, soldiers and tanks sent by the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) descended on Tiananmen Square, beginning a violent crackdown in which thousands of Chinese citizens were arrested and a still-untold number killed. “I will never forget my fellow students being mown down by machine-guns,” one of the young protesters who was in the Square later recounted. “Others selflessly, and with complete disregard for all danger, dragged away the corpses and tended to the wounded. Women students took off garments to make bandages for people’s wounds.