U.S. humanitarian aid to Ukraine tops $1 billion

The U.S. government has provided more than  $1.28 billon  (PDF, 351KB) in humanitarian assistance to help the people of  Ukraine  since Russia’s full-scale invasion began February 24. The aid comes as Russia’s war of aggression has displaced 6.3 million people within Ukraine and forced more than  5.8 million  to  flee to neighboring countries . This humanitarian assistance — through the U.S. Agency for International ...
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Marking 100 days of Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine

As Vladimir Putin’s war reaches its 100th day, the United States and partners remain united with the people and government of Ukraine. Since the Kremlin launched its full-scale invasion February 24, the U.S. government and the American people have shown  solidarity with Ukraine . Here are a few ways. Supporting the people of Ukraine The U.S. government has ...
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U.S. supports countries amid Putin’s food crisis

By Leigh Hartman Russia’s war in Ukraine has resulted in more than 5.7 million refugees fleeing Ukraine into neighboring countries while an estimated 7.7 million people are internally displaced in the country, according to the U.N. A major consequence of this war is that, while Russian President Vladimir Putin destroys farms in Ukraine, people around the world ...
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Vice President Harris calls U.S. commitment to NATO ‘ironclad’

Vice President Harris reiterated America’s steadfast commitment to the NATO alliance in the face of Russia’s unjustified and brutal  war against Ukraine . In a March 9–11 trip to Poland and Romania, the vice president also announced an additional nearly  $53 million in new U.S. humanitarian assistance to help the millions fleeing from Russia’s bombing of schools, hospitals and homes throughout Ukraine. “You are not ...
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U.S. sends COVID-19 vaccines worldwide [rolling updates]

America’s support for the global fight against COVID-19 includes: Donating over  386 million vaccine doses  to other countries. Purchasing 1 billion vaccine doses to donate to nearly 100 developing countries. Contributing $4 billion to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, in support of COVAX, the global initiative to equitably distribute safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines worldwide. Delivering essential medicines, supplies and ...
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Crisis in Ukraine: Humanitarian costs

Ukraine is grappling with significant humanitarian needs. The buildup of Russian troops on the border of Ukraine has escalated tensions worldwide, but parts of Ukraine have suffered mightily since 2014. Thousands of homes, schools, and hospitals have been destroyed since Russian-led forces invaded Ukraine , seized Crimea, and instigated conflict  in the Donbas region. More than 14,000 people have ...
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Overcoming vaccine delivery challenges

By Leigh Hartman The United States is committed to being the world’s arsenal of vaccines. The U.S. has already  donated 300 million vaccine doses  worldwide. But delivering to remote communities is no easy task. Some vaccine doses must be kept near or below freezing — even when crossing mountains in Nepal and lakes in Uganda or journeying up rivers in Peru. “The ...
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U.S. to expand vaccine production by 1 billion doses

By Leigh Hartman The Biden-Harris administration is working to ramp up global COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing by 1 billion doses a year to share with the world. “We’re taking another major step to bolster vaccine manufacturing both for this pandemic and to prepare for any future threats,” White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients said on ...
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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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Biden: U.S. will donate 500 million vaccine doses for global COVID-19 fight

The United States is purchasing a half a billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to donate to nearly 100 developing countries around the world through COVAX. President Biden announced the “monumental commitment by the American people” on June 10, saying the donation lays the foundation for democratic nations’ sustained efforts to rid the world of COVID-19. “We’re ...
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United States announces worldwide vaccine donations

The United States has promised to send a projected 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to other nations. On June 3, President Biden announced how the first 25 million will be distributed. In his statement, the president said that at least 75% of the vaccines will go to COVAX — the  international partnership  working to distribute vaccines to ...
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Biden: U.S. will be ‘arsenal of vaccines’ for the world

In April, the Biden-Harris administration pledged 60 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to other nations. Now, on May 17,  President Biden announced a donation  of 20 million more. It’s part of an expanding U.S. push to end the global pandemic. The additional vaccines, produced by U.S. manufacturers Pfizer, Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, bring to 80 million the total number ...
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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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The U.S. fights Coronavirus worldwide [rolling updates]

January 13   NEWS: @HumanitarianGC – supported by @USAID @FCDOGovUK & @DutchMFA – is awarding $4.5M to @SyriaCivilDef , @TranslatorsWB / @hotosm / @NeedsList4Good , @TranslatorsWB & Murmurate to support new innovations that transform humanitarian aid in the wake of COVID-19. https://t.co/vEkURxjXft — USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (@USAIDSavesLives) January 13, 2021 January 12 Here’s how the  @USAID  and  @UKAidDirect  funded ACCELERE! project in DRC launched “Lecture pour la vie,” ...
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Celebrating 20 years of refugee assistance [video]

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the State Department’s Julia Taft Fund for refugee protection and assistance. Over the past two decades, the U.S. government has awarded grants to nearly 800 local partners to help  refugees , returnees and host communities. Learn more about the Taft Fund in this video.
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Statement by Secretary Michael Pompeo

November 17, 2020 The United States Welcomes Cessation of Hostilities Between Armenia and Azerbaijan and Announces New Assistance to Respond to the Nagorno-Karabakh Humanitarian Emergency The United States welcomes the cessation of active hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan.  From the start of the recent hostilities, the United States called for an end to the violence ...
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Nobel Prize shines light on U.N. work to end hunger

The United Nations’  World Food Programme (WFP) has won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its work fighting hunger, preventing the use of hunger as a weapon during war and paving the way for peace in conflict areas. WFP’s Executive Director David Beasley said the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s October 9 selection of the WFP for the coveted ...
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U.S. helps refugees, migrants during COVID-19 crisis

The U.S. Department of State has provided $350 million in migration and refugee assistance (MRA) funding for the international COVID-19 response in countries around the world since the onset of the pandemic. U.S. funding provides protection and addresses increased vulnerability created by the pandemic for refugees, migrants and host communities through international organization partners, including ...
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U.S. continues to lead global COVID-19 response

The United States has allocated $20.5 billion in aid to the global COVID-19 fight, including $53 million in Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development foreign assistance funding. “The United States continues to lead the world in the fight against COVID-19,” Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said August 5 while announcing the ...
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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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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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The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian People (June 30)

The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian People (June 30)   PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE At today’s fourth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,” hosted by the European Union, Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey announced more than $696 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people ...
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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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U.S. helps counter COVID-19 outbreaks in Middle East and North Africa (May 4)

U.S. helps counter COVID-19 outbreaks in Middle East and North Africa (May 4)   The United States is providing more than $110 million to help countries in the Middle East and North Africa fight COVID-19, including Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, as well as the West Bank. The funding will improve disease detection and ...
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U.S. is the world’s largest donor to global public health (April 23)

U.S. is the world’s largest donor to global public health (April 23)   The United States is the world’s largest donor to global public health, donating billions of dollars each year to fight diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, malaria and, now, COVID-19. This commitment to global public health remains steadfast as the U.S. investigates the ...
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Iranian academics blame regime for COVID-19 ‘disaster’ (April 9)

Iranian academics blame regime for COVID-19 ‘disaster’ (April 9)   Iranian academics are faulting Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei for stifling information on COVID-19 and declining foreign aid, allowing the country’s outbreak to grow into “a national disaster.” In the March 29 letter, reported by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI),  100 academics call Khamenei  “the Number 1 culprit” ...
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U.S. stands with ASEAN to control the new Coronavirus (April 9)

U.S. stands with ASEAN to control the new Coronavirus (April 9)   Since the outbreak of the COVID­-19 pandemic, the United States has provided more than $18 million in emergency health and humanitarian assistance to Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. The examples range from providing technical experts to Myanmar, to sharing best practices ...
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