How 8 U.S. diplomats fought the 2014 Ebola epidemic

During the Ebola epidemic in West Africa seven years ago, eight U.S. diplomats worked tirelessly for two years to save lives from the deadly virus. On October 13, the U.S. Department of State honored Ambassadors Deborah Malac, John Hoover, Alexander Laskaris, and Dr. Gary Penner, Kathleen FitzGibbon, Ervin Massinga, Sheila Paskman and Dr. Gregory Martin ...
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U.S. will donate 500 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses worldwide

The United States will ship an additional 500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to countries around the world and form new partnerships to accelerate the recovery from COVID-19, President Biden announced September 22. “The good news is, we know how to beat this pandemic: vaccines, public health measures, and collective action,”  Biden said at a global COVID-19 summit  convened virtually on the ...
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U.S. supports vaccinations in hard-to-reach communities

By Michael Laff The United States and international partners are ensuring COVID-19 vaccines reach people in remote and traditionally underserved communities around the world. The United States is providing  more than 600 million safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses  — with no political strings attached — to developing countries and economies. Most donations are through  COVAX, an international partnership designed to equitably distribute vaccine doses  to protect people who are most at-risk. COVAX recently delivered 151,200 U.S.-donated ...
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U.S. sends COVID-19 vaccines worldwide [rolling updates]

The United States works with international partners to donate COVID-19 vaccines to the world and end the pandemic.America’s support for the global fight against COVID-19 includes: Donating more than  110 million vaccine doses  to other countries. Purchasing 500 million vaccine doses to donate to nearly 100 developing countries. Contributing $4 billion to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance in support of ...
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U.S. vaccine donations top 110 million doses

The United States has donated more than 110 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to dozens of countries and is committed to vaccinating the world, President Biden said. Biden announced August 3 that U.S. shipments of vaccines surpassed 110 million and said millions more doses will ship worldwide in the coming months. Vaccinating everyone is critical ...
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U.S., COVAX support COVID-19 vaccinations worldwide [video]

The United States is the largest contributor to  COVAX , a global initiative to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccines worldwide. In March,  the United States government contributed $2 billion  in support of COVAX, but more funding is needed. “People everywhere should have access to rigorously tested, safe, and effective COVID-19 vaccines,” Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said. “The faster we do all this, ...
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U.S. rallies support for global vaccine distribution

Many citizens of developing world nations will receive COVID-19 vaccines thanks to funds being raised by the United States and partner organizations. The recently launched COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility Advance Market Commitment (AMC) aims to raise  $2 billion to procure and distribute up to 1.8 billion safe and effective vaccines  to low- and middle-income countries. On April 15, the United States and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, launched ...
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Biden bolsters U.S. support for COVID-19 vaccinations abroad

By Leigh Hartman The United States is joining international efforts to ensure COVID-19 vaccines and treatments reach countries around the world. President Biden on January 21 directed the U.S. government to join the  COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility . The international initiative seeks to ensure equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines and fairly distribute 2 billion doses of vaccine by the end ...
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Biden prioritizes U.S. support for global COVID-19 response

By Leigh Hartman President Biden’s top priority is ridding the world of the COVID-19 pandemic. On his first full day in office, Biden issued a presidential directive making  global health security a top national security priority , as well as a  national strategy  (PDF, 24.6MB) for fighting COVID-19 and preventing future pandemics. “U.S. international engagement to combat COVID-19, promote health and advance global health security is urgent ...
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U.S. reaffirms partnership with World Health Organization

The United States is resuming support for the  World Health Organization , which plays a vital role in fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic. President Biden announced the renewed commitment to the WHO in a  January 20 letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres , reversing the prior administration’s plan to leave the U.N.’s public health arm in July. “The WHO plays a crucial role in the world’s ...
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U.S. to authorize COVID-19 vaccines in coming days

The United States expects to begin mass distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States soon. During the Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit held at the White House on December 8, President Trump said he expects the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will authorize a vaccine produced by U.S. manufacturer Pfizer in the coming days, ...
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On World AIDS Day, looking to finish the fight

On World AIDS Day, December 1, Americans will mobilize behind a plan to  eradicate HIV from the U.S.  by 2030 and recommit to efforts to end it around the world. The U.S. plan — called Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America — uses scientific advances in HIV prevention, diagnoses, treatment and outbreak response by coordinating the resources of ...
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U.S.-supported COVID-19 vaccine candidates appear highly effective

Two U.S.-supported COVID-19 vaccine candidates appear to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19, a major step in the United States’  historic push to end the global pandemic . Moderna announced November 16 that the Phase 3 clinical trial’s independent data and safety monitoring board had found the Massachusetts-based biotechnology company’s candidate vaccine is up to 94.5% effective in clinical trials. Pfizer, based ...
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U.S. approves first treatment for hospitalized COVID-19 patients

U.S. innovators have developed an antiviral drug that can be used to treat patients hospitalized with COVID-19, part of America’s wide-ranging response to the global pandemic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on October 22 approved Gilead Sciences’ antiviral remdesivir for adults and children older than 12 who are under hospital care for COVID-19. Remdesivir ...
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U.S. global vaccine distribution saves lives

The United States’ support for the worldwide distribution of vaccines has saved countless lives and laid the groundwork for distributing a future COVID-19 vaccine. Through international partnerships like the vaccine alliance Gavi and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. ...
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COVID-19 vaccine research builds on U.S. successes

U.S. leadership in vaccine development and infectious disease treatment is vital to ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19 worldwide. U.S. research is responsible for vaccines that protect the world’s citizens from deadly infectious diseases like yellow fever, measles and polio. In addition, the U.S. continues to invest billions worldwide to combat HIV/AIDS. Lessons learned from these ...
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U.S. private sector helps ASEAN fight COVID-19 (July 22)

U.S. private sector helps ASEAN fight COVID-19 (July 22)   U.S. businesses have donated at least $40 million to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the  fight against COVID-19 . “America’s partnership with ASEAN, now in its 43rd year, is at the heart of our vision for the Indo-Pacific,” said Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary ...
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Tracking COVID-19 with artificial intelligence (July 22)

Tracking COVID-19 with artificial intelligence (July 22) Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming a powerful tool for tracking and treating COVID-19 in the U.S. and abroad. Several U.S. institutions are developing new AI technology or using preexisting technology to monitor and treat the new coronavirus. HealthMap, an AI application run by Boston Children’s Hospital, was launched ...
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20 years of aid: America’s ongoing support for Africa’s public health [video] (July 15)

20 years of aid: America’s ongoing support for Africa’s public health (July 15) Over the past 20 years, the United States has invested more than $100 billion in the health of sub-Saharan African nations. This makes the United States the largest donor in the world to sub-Saharan Africa and a  leading partner in fighting COVID-19 . The U.S. has already ...
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15 achievements of the President’s Malaria Initiative (July 7)

15 achievements of the President’s Malaria Initiative (July 7)   Fifteen years ago, the pediatric ward at the national hospital in Kigali, Rwanda, overflowed with children suffering from malaria, the leading cause of illness and death in the country. Pediatrician Dr. Lisine Tuyisenge remembers anemic babies doubled up in beds and even sick children on ...
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U.S. faith-based groups fight COVID-19 worldwide (May 20)

U.S. faith-based groups fight COVID-19 worldwide (May 20)   U.S. donors of all major religions are helping fight COVID-­19 at home and abroad. The United States’ diverse religious communities are setting up emergency hospitals, trucking meals across the country, and supporting small businesses around the world. In early April,  faith-based humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse  set up an emergency field hospital ...
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Delivering trustworthy health data on COVID-19 (May 7)

Delivering trustworthy health data on COVID-19 (May 7)   When Americans look for data on COVID-19, the U.S. public health system delivers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gathers data, monitors shifts in disease patterns, and provides safety guidelines to prevent infection. Its experts also  collaborate with overseas colleagues  to track new cases. “Accurate collection of data ...
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U.S. helps Pacific island countries fight COVID-19 (May 6)

U.S. helps Pacific island countries fight COVID-19 (May 6)   The United States is  providing nearly $40 million to help Pacific Island nations  prevent and control COVID-19. “I’m especially proud of the  work that we’ve done in the Indo-Pacific region ,” Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said April 29 while discussing the  U.S. COVID-19 global response . In the Pacific islands, the U.S. funding will help pay for improvements in lab preparation, infection control, and ...
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How USAID helps mothers around the world (May 6)

How USAID helps mothers around the world (May 6)   For women around the world, pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum recovery can be life-threatening. To mitigate these risks to mothers, the U.S. Agency for International Development will increase funding for maternal and child health care in high-risk areas of selected countries through its MOMENTUM initiative. “In the ...
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How USAID helped contain the 1st Ebola case in Goma (February 24)

How USAID helped contain the 1st Ebola case in Goma (February 24) The story of the first Ebola case in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), started here, Bishop Bernard Kabamba said as he sat on his front porch. He was thinking back to the day when Pastor Kubiya showed up at ...
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