2021 Speeches

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Last updated: April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

The rapid spread of COVID-19 and its emerging variants demonstrates that no nation can act alone in a global pandemic. Vaccinating as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, is the only way to reduce the tragic loss of life, end the pandemic, and move us toward economic and social recovery. However, as many have emphasized today, we must root our efforts in equity in order to achieve success. Multilateral cooperation, through the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment, and more broadly within the ACT Accelerator, is key to ensuring that people everywhere receive safe and effective vaccines against a virus that knows no bounds.

March 23, 2021

As all of you know, reliable access to safe water and sanitation saves lives, promotes economic growth, and transforms communities. USAID’s investments in this sector ensure that our partner countries can keep their economies functioning and their citizens healthy. Never has this been more important than now, as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 8, 2021

Every year, on March 8th, we celebrate the extraordinary achievements of women and girls globally. Earlier this year, the United States swore in the first female Vice President in our nation's history. Today, there are 22 female heads of state and heads of government around the world. However, March 8th also reminds us of the significant amount of work that needs to be done to address the obstacles that women and girls face. All over the world, for example, the pandemic has exacerbated the situation for women as mothers, caregivers, professionals, entrepreneurs, and all the other roles that they play.