2021 Speeches

Speeches Shim

Last updated: October 12, 2021

June 5, 2021

I came to know Vartan of course through the cause of pursuing Armenian genocide recognition. I spent five years writing a book that detailed the genocide—a book that was turned down by every major New York publisher, but that eventually found a small publishing home. I don’t remember how the book (for which people even in my immediate family had low expectations!) found its way into Vartan’s hands, but I will never forget the telephone call I received from him. “Samantha, my name is Vartan Gregorian, and I am buying hundreds of copies of your book. I am sending them to every member of Congress. They must learn.”

June 4, 2021

So we have given, so far, $2 billion to Gavi for the COVAX Initiative, the COVAX platform, which is facilitating equitable distribution of vaccines around the world.  The vaccine donations that we announced yesterday are going to play an important role in helping Gavi to manage some of the supply gaps that it has been facing due to tight global supply of vaccines.  We see Gavi and the COVAX platform as really, really important partners in this vaccine effort, and their ability to do global distribution and the sort of logistics infrastructure, the legal and regulatory agreements that they have with countries around the world, are a huge asset, and they’ll be a critical partner for us in this.  So we’re supporting them both with the doses that are being announced this – have been announced this week, but also with $2 billion that we contributed to them back in March, and additional future funding that will be – that we’ll be releasing to them over the coming year.  

May 27, 2021

Thank you, Chairwoman Lee, Ranking Member Rogers, Chairwoman DeLauro, and members of the Subcommittee. Let me start by expressing my deep gratitude for the continued bipartisan support for the work we do at USAID. This support for development and humanitarian assistance has saved and improved millions of lives and it is critically important in advancing U.S. interests around the world.

May 27, 2021

Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia, how the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing life-saving assistance, and the ongoing challenges that impact our response efforts. 

May 26, 2021

Thank you Chairman Coons, Ranking Member Graham, Chairman Leahy and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee. I am grateful for the opportunity to discuss the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 President’s discretionary request for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).