The U.S. fights Coronavirus worldwide [rolling updates]

August 11 By funding training for health workers and providing resources to hospitals, USAID’s global health investments put the world in a stronger position as COVID-19 emerged.  Meet six health care workers around the world  who received support from USAID and are now on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. Happening Now: Official handover ceremony of U.S. made ventilators to the government ...
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Briefing On Updates to State Department Travel Advisories

SPECIAL BRIEFING CARL C. RISCH, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF CONSULAR AFFAIRS KARIN KING, DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR OVERSEAS CITIZEN SERVICES VIA TELECONFERENCE MR BROWN: Hey, good afternoon, everyone. Thanks for joining us today for this on-the-record briefing with the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Carl Risch, who will discuss the department’s plans to ...
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Lifting of Global Level 4 Global Health Advisory

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON On August 6, in close coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State lifted the Global Level 4 Health Advisory.  The Global Advisory, initially put in place on March 19, 2020, advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. ...
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Lifting of Global Level 4 Global Health Advisory

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON On August 6, in close coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State lifted the Global Level 4 Health Advisory.  The Global Advisory, initially put in place on March 19, 2020, advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. ...
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Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle On the GEC Special Report: Pillars of Russia’s Disinformation and Propaganda Ecosystem

SPECIAL BRIEFING LEA GABRIELLE, SPECIAL ENVOY AND COORDINATOR OF THE GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT CENTER GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT CENTER VIA TELECONFERENCE MR BROWN: Hey, yeah, Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown here. Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for joining us for an on-the-record briefing by U.S. Special Envoy for the Global Engagement Center Lea Gabrielle. She joins us ...
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Celebrating the 231st Anniversary of the U.S. Department of State (July 27)

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the U.S. Department of State celebrates its 231st anniversary as the nation’s first executive agency. This milestone is an opportunity to reflect on the essential role of U.S. diplomacy in advancing the interests, security, and economic prosperity of the American people. I commend the State Department team for their extraordinary work to promote and ...
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Freedom Online Coalition Statement on COVID-19 and Internet Freedom (May 27)

Freedom Online Coalition Statement on COVID-19 and Internet Freedom (May 27)   The Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) is a group of 31 countries deeply committed to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). We believe that the human rights and fundamental freedoms that individuals ...
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Indo-Pacific Cooperation on COVID-19 (May 12)

Indo-Pacific Cooperation on COVID-19 (May 12)   As President Trump has said, the United States is working with our friends and partners around the world to coordinate our efforts on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States values our cooperation with allies and partners in combatting the pandemic and in planning for ...
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North American Cooperation on COVID-19 (May 12)

North American Cooperation on COVID-19 (May 12)   As President Trump has said, the United States is working with our friends and partners around the world to coordinate our efforts on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The United States values our cooperation with allies and partners in combatting the pandemic and in planning ...
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Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle, Global Engagement Center Update on PRC Efforts to Push Disinformation and Propaganda around COVID (May 8)

Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle, Global Engagement Center Update on PRC Efforts to Push Disinformation and Propaganda around COVID (May 8)   MS ORTAGUS:  Thank you very much.  Good morning, everyone.  Thank you for joining us early on this on-the-record briefing, which is embargoed, please, until the end of the call.  This is an update ...
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Briefing With Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper on the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Support for Global COVID

Briefing With Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper on the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Support for Global COVID Relief Efforts (May 8)   MS ORTAGUS:  Thank you and hello again, everybody.  Good morning for the second time.  I’m sorry that we’re loading you up on this Friday, but lots of, lots of news today. ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (May 8)

This Week in Iran Policy (May 8)   “They’re telling the world that they’re broke and they need relief from American sanctions, they need humanitarian assistance.  But we’ve offered humanitarian assistance, and the ayatollah and the kleptocrats, the theocrats that lead the Iranian regime today are still out spending money on things that don’t benefit ...
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The U.S. Is Leading the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Developing a Vaccine (May 4)

The U.S. Is Leading the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Developing a Vaccine (May 4)   As outlined in its recent Action Plan, the United States is bringing together the brightest minds in U.S. government agencies, the private sector, universities, and overseas partners to develop vaccines and therapeutic interventions to protect the world from ...
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Joint Statement from the Co-Chairs of the Special ASEAN-United States Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (April 26)

Joint Statement from the Co-Chairs of the Special ASEAN-United States Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (April 26)   The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Lao PDR as the co-Chairs of the the Special ASEAN-United States Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Coronavirus ...
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Briefing with Dr.Walters and Principal D/Assistant Secretary Brownlee on COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for U.S. Citizens Abroad

Briefing with Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations, Bureau of Medical Services, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ian Brownlee, Bureau of Consular Affairs, on COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (April 22) MR BROWN: Good afternoon, everybody, and welcome to what I believe is our 10th briefing on ...
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Remarks by President Trump and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 18)

Remarks by President Trump and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 18)   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Good afternoon.  We continue to see a number of positive signs that the virus has passed its peak.  It’s been very devastating all over the world.  A hundred and eighty-four countries.  Probably ...
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U.S. increases global COVID-19 Aid (April 13)

U.S. increases global COVID-19 Aid (April 13) The United States is pledging an additional $225 million to the global fight against COVID-19, strengthening its commitment to stopping the global pandemic. “We do this because we’re good and generous people,” U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said in announcing new COVID-19 funding April 7. “We ...
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Briefing With Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Julie Chung, Bureau of Western He

Briefing With Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Julie Chung, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ian Brownlee, Bureau of Consular Affairs On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (April 10)   MR BROWN:  Good afternoon, everyone, and thanks ...
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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 10)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 10)   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much everybody, and good afternoon.  Today is Good Friday.  And this Sunday, millions of Christians celebrate Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  At this holy time, we pray that ...
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Lugar Center supports Georgian NCDC on COVID-19 response (April 9)

Lugar Center supports Georgian NCDC on COVID-19 response (April 9)    The Richard G. Lugar Center for Public Health Research is home to the Georgian National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) and the U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate-Georgia (USAMRD-G), an overseas infectious disease laboratory of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). ...
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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 7)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 7)   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you very much.  This week, America continues our aggressive effort to defeat the virus as we enter a crucial and difficult phase of the battle. We continue to ...
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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 6)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 6)   THE PRESIDENT:  Okay, thank you very much, everybody.  All these people have been working very, very hard today, I’ll tell you.  For a long time, they’ve been working. But before I begin, I want to ...
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Joint Statement from Co-Chairs of the ASEAN- U.S. High Level Interagency Video Conference to Counter COVID-19 (April 6)

Joint Statement from Co-Chairs of the ASEAN- U.S. High Level Interagency Video Conference to Counter COVID-19 (April 6)   The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States and Vietnam as Co-Chairs of the ASEAN – U.S. High-level Interagency Video Conference to Counter COVID-19 held on April 1, 2020. ...
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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 5)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 5)   THE PRESIDENT:  It’s a busy time.  Very busy time.  And let me begin by again expressing our support, solidarity, and love for the people of our great country.  We’re fighting for you and we’re enduring ...
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Briefing With Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback On COVID-19 Impact on Religious Minorities (April 2)

Briefing With Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback On COVID-19 Impact on Religious Minorities (April 2) SAMUEL D. BROWNBACK, AMBASSADOR AT LARGE FOR INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM MS ORTAGUS:  Thank you very much.  Good afternoon, everyone.  Thank you so much for joining us on ...
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The U.S. Role in International Organizations’ Response to COVID-19 (March 31)

The U.S. Role in International Organizations’ Response to COVID-19 (March 31)   “Whenever you see high quality, effective COVID-19 aid being delivered around the world by UN humanitarian and relief agencies, what you are seeing is the generosity of the American people and those who share our humanitarian values.  We are by far the largest ...
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U.S. Support for ASEAN in Fighting COVID-19 (March 31)

U.S. Support for ASEAN in Fighting COVID-19 (March 31)   As the leader in the global health and humanitarian response to COVID-19, the United States has acted swiftly to support our ASEAN partners in combating the COVID-19 virus. Since the outbreak began, the U.S. government has provided approximately $18.3 million in emergency health and humanitarian assistance ...
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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 29)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 29)   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Appreciate everybody being here.  Beautiful day in the Rose Garden.  Tremendous distance between chairs.  Social distancing.  You practice it very well.  We appreciate it.  That’s great. I want to ...
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CDC trains public health and clinical staff as part of the COVID-19 response (March 27)

CDC trains public health and clinical staff as part of the COVID-19 response (March 27)   The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has successfully engaged with its Georgian counterparts for years. We are proud to support the Georgian National Center for Disease Control and the Ministry of Health, and the latest training ...
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Briefing On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (March 27)

Briefing With Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations, Bureau of Medical Services, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ian Brownlee, Bureau of Consular Affairs On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (March 27)   MS ORTAGUS: Thanks, everybody, and sorry for our tardiness. We keep having a little bit ...
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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 26)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 26) THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  Hello.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Beautiful day.  Very good what you’re doing.  Look at all those empty seats.  Never seen it like that.  Oh, boy.  Well, how the world has ...
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U.S. leadership on global health is unmatched (March 26)

U.S. leadership on global health is unmatched (March 26)   Viruses do not respect national boundaries. They are a global threat. And the United States’ investment in global health has grown significantly over time. As the largest donor to global health programs, the U.S. has led the strengthening of health systems for more than 100 ...
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U.S. and French colleagues work together on COVID-19 cure (March 26)

U.S. and French colleagues work together on COVID-19 cure (March 26) By Noelani Kirschner Two scientists who met through the J. William Fulbright international exchange program are part of a worldwide hunt to find existing drugs that can be used to treat the COVID-19 virus. As a U.S.-France Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair in spring 2015, Benjamin R. tenOever ...
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Open communication key during public health crises (March 26)

Open communication key during public health crises (March 26) Within weeks of learning about the deadly coronavirus outbreak that originated in China, officials in South Korea stood up laboratories to support  testing of 20,000 citizens  per day. In Taiwan, authorities began  daily press conferences  to inform the public and dispel rumors. And in the United States, the National Institutes of Health quickly ...
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U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (March 26)

U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (March 26) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The U.S. government has rapidly mobilized unprecedented resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, both at home and abroad.  Today, I am pleased to announce that the United States has made available nearly $274 million in emergency health and humanitarian funding. Along with the ...
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Briefing On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (March 25)

Briefing On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (March 25)   MS ORTAGUS: Hi, thanks. Good afternoon, everybody. Apologize that we’re starting a few minutes late. But welcome to today’s briefing on the department’s efforts to repatriate American citizens from around the globe in the face of the historic challenge posed ...
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Briefing With USAID Dpt Administrator Glick,Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources Richardson on U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to COVID19

Briefing With USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick and Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources James L. Richardson On U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to COVID-19 (March 26)   MS ORTAGUS: Well, let’s go ahead and get started, everybody. This is Morgan, spokesperson. I just want to remind everybody that everything that we discuss on this call ...
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Release of Arbitrarily Detained Civilians and U.S. Citizens in Syria to Avert COVID-19 Spread (March 25)

Release of Arbitrarily Detained Civilians and U.S. Citizens in Syria to Avert COVID-19 Spread (March 25)   In light of threats posed by COVID-19, the United States reiterates its calls for the Assad regime to take concrete steps to protect the fate of thousands of civilians, including U.S. citizens, being held arbitrarily in overcrowded and ...
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Briefing With Senior State Department Official On Updates on State Department’s Response to COVID-19 (March 24)

Briefing With Senior State Department Official On Updates on State Department’s Response to COVID-19 (March 24)   MODERATOR ONE:  Good afternoon, everybody, and thanks for joining today’s call.  As discussed yesterday, we’re going to try to keep a drumbeat of daily briefings heading your way, briefings that relate to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Our briefer ...
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Briefing With Senior State Department Officials On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (March 23)

Briefing With Senior State Department Officials On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (March 23)   MODERATOR ONE:  Okay, at the end of the opening remarks, if you want to ask a question, please send me a text message at [redacted] and I will add you to the queue.  With ...
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Khamenei’s Lies About the Wuhan Virus Put Lives at Risk (March 23)

Khamenei’s Lies About the Wuhan Virus Put Lives at Risk (March 23) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Supreme Leader Khamenei’s fabrications regarding the Wuhan Virus are dangerous and they put Iranians and people around the world at greater risk. Facts matter. Here are a few the Iranian regime would like to keep from the world: Fact: In February, Iran’s chief ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (March 13)

This Week in Iran Policy (March 13)   “The United States calls on the Islamic Republic of Iran to immediately release on humanitarian grounds all wrongfully detained Americans being held in Iran. The United States will hold the Iranian regime directly responsible for any American deaths. Our response will be decisive.” – Secretary Pompeo, Press ...
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