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Current Weekly Wrap-Up:

Administrator Power and Special Envoy Feltman convened an urgent high-level ministerial meeting on the conflict in Ethiopia. Participants underscored their deep concern over the humanitarian conditions and discussed how to end the conflict and deliver aid. USAID celebrated World Food Day by affirming our commitment to take stronger action to end global hunger. At the U.N. Food Systems Summit, President Biden pledged $5 billion for Feed the Future to expand its impact. Life-saving COVID-19 vaccine deliveries continued, arriving in Ghana, Nigeria, Pakistan, The Philippines, Vietnam, and more. USAID announced additional funding for Zambia to strengthen democracy and governance and support agribusiness. The U.S. government is committed to partnering with the government of the Republic of Zambia on its democratic process.


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Last updated: October 19, 2021

September 3, 2021

Administrator Power visited the Dulles Airport Expo Center to meet Afghans arriving with their families. She was joined by many USAID staff volunteering to welcome them to the U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris visited Vietnam last week. She announced $100 million in USAID Assistance to help fight COVID-19, bolster clean energy, and more. USAID is sending half a billion Pfizer vaccines worldwide in addition to the 120 million doses already donated by the U.S. This week, shipments arrived in Bangladesh, El Salvador, South Africa, Ukraine, and more. Administrator Power virtually toured Pfizer's vaccine facility, hearing from American workers in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They are producing half a billion Pfizer vaccines USAID is sharing with the world's poorest countries. The U.S. Government response in Haiti continues to provide critical food, water, and shelter to tens of thousands of people. Working with USAID, the U.S. military has also transported nearly 600,000 pounds of relief supplies to affected areas.

August 6, 2021

USAID continues to intensify the global COVID-19 response with vaccinations, testing, treatment, and training of health workers. Administrator Power visited Sudan to expand USAID's support for the country's democratic transition. During her trip, she announced funding for humanitarian aid and election-related assistance. In Ethiopia, Administrator Power called on leaders to stop the famine in Tigray. The U.S. is providing additional humanitarian aid to feed 5 million people for nearly two months. Administrator Power spoke to 700 Mandela Fellows at the Washington Fellowship Summit about their roles in helping Africa's success. USAID partners with the U.S. African Development Fund to support these leaders.

July 30, 2021

The White House released new strategies to address root causes of migration in Honduras, El Salvador, & Guatemala. USAID plays an integral role in this goal as we address the economic, governance, and security challenges. Administrator Power spoke at the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit. She stressed the importance of achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 and the U.S. contributions to that goal. In Somalia, food insecurity is worsening due to COVID-19 and recurring locust infestations. The U.S. is assisting with food, water, and health services, reaching more than 750,000 people. The U.S. continues to help fight COVID-19, delivering millions of vaccines globally, including to Madagascar, Paraguay, and Pakistan.

July 23, 2021

USAID announced new funding for research and innovation centers in Liberia and Guatemala. These partnerships will help strengthen health systems and promote economic development. Administrator Power and His Majesty King Abdullah II met this week, recognizing USAID's long-standing partnership with Jordan. They also discussed the deepening humanitarian crisis in Lebanon and the need for an international response. The first shipments of U.S.-donated vaccines arrived in Africa to help fight COVID-19. The United States continued to deliver additional vaccines around the world including Bangladesh, Haiti, Jordan, Ukraine and Zambia.

July 16, 2021

Administrator Power presented USAID's 2022 budget request to the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees. As the world's premier development agency, USAID will continue to tackle the toughest challenges and help those most in need. Ongoing conflict in Afghanistan is driving rising humanitarian needs as millions lack food and food prices soar. In just one week, USAID and WFP delivered emergency food to 380,000 people across the country. The U.S. continued to deliver vaccines across the globe to help end the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of vaccines were delivered to Afghanistan, Bhutan, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Moldova, and Nepal. This week, Administrator Power spoke at the International Religious Freedom Summit. She stressed USAID's commitment to protecting religious minorities and defending human rights.