2021 Press Releases

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

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Last updated: September 23, 2021

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.

June 4, 2021

The Biden-Harris administration has been clear that combating corruption is a key domestic and foreign policy priority. Yesterday, in line with that commitment, President Biden released a National Security Study Memorandum (NSSM) that establishes the fight against corruption as a core national security interest of the United States. USAID applauds President Biden’s leadership in acknowledging that corruption poses a deep threat to U.S national security, shared prosperity, and democracy itself.

June 4, 2021

Belarus informed the United States yesterday that it is imposing new limits on American diplomatic and technical personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, effective June 13. Despite an increasingly restrictive environment for U.S. government programming in Belarus, USAID’s partnership with the Belarusian people continues and remains more important than ever.

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