2021 Press Releases

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

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Last updated: September 17, 2021

September 1, 2021

Today, in a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. announced more than $45 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Ukraine. This U.S. government support will help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as those impacted by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. 

September 1, 2021

Administrator Power discussed her recent visit to Ethiopia and the urgent need to work together to press the Government of Ethiopia to remove bureaucratic obstruction to humanitarian operations so that aid—including desperately needed food assistance—can reach Tigray. The Administrator and Minister Haavisto also discussed the humanitarian impact of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) offensives in Amhara and Afar regions, and Administrator Power emphasized that USAID is providing humanitarian support to newly displaced Ethiopians in those regions.

September 1, 2021

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is continuing to get critical aid to Haitians impacted by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck southwestern Haiti on August 14 by transporting additional relief items and medical supplies to Haiti.

August 31, 2021

On August 31, 2021, USAID Administrator Samantha Power met with Pfizer President of Global Supply Mike McDermott who gave her a virtual tour of the Pfizer’s vaccine manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This facility is producing COVID-19 vaccines, helping fulfill the U.S. Government’s commitment to donate half a billion vaccines to the poorest countries around the world. 

August 31, 2021

On April 25, 2016, our hearts were broken when we learned of the brutal murder of our friend and colleague Xulhaz Mannan, a native of Bangladesh and beloved locally-employed member of USAID’s mission in Dhaka. Xulhaz was a vibrant, selfless, and loving person, a fierce champion of human rights, and a courageous advocate for equality, pluralism, and inclusion for all people—including ethnic, religious, gender, and sexual minorities.

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