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

Front-line workers with the Seattle Indian Health Board celebrate December 21 in Seattle after receiving Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, produced in partnership with U.S. Operation Warp Speed. (© Karen Ducey/Getty Images)
Front-line workers with the Seattle Indian Health Board celebrate December 21 in Seattle after receiving Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, produced in partnership with U.S. Operation Warp Speed. (© Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

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Margaret Keenan, 90, is applauded by staff as she returns to her ward after becoming the first patient in the UK to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, at University Hospital, Coventry, England, Tuesday Dec. 8, 2020. The United Kingdom, one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus,

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The U.S. is working with international partners to help countries around the world recover from the economic hardship wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

(State Dept./D. Thompson)


A trainee washes his hands outside USAID partner NGO Health Link’s class for community health workers August 18 in South Sudan. (© Charles Atiki Lomodong/AP Images)

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Hosts Triin Preem (left) and Joao Rei, both with Garage48, take a selfie with the teams at the closing ceremony for the hackathon dedicated to pandemic economic recovery. (© Marie Rosalie Hanni)

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The U.S. is working to diversify global supply chains because, as COVID-19 has shown, if supply chains are too concentrated they can be easily disrupted.

(State Dept./D. Thompson)

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U.S. embassies worked with Garage48 and Startup Wise Guys to host a worldwide coding event aimed at app development to address COVID-19 recovery.

Byron Sowerby, the lead of the team that designed the winning app, celebrates. (© Marie Rosalie Hanni)

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The United States continues to help African nations fight COVID-19 while also helping their economies recover from the pandemic.

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Sarahi Wilson draws blood from Marine Johnny Cadengo as part of a convalescent plasma program at the Naval Medical Center San Diego’s Blood Donation Center. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Erwin Jacob V. Miciano)

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Blood plasma donated by COVID-19 survivors in the United States is helping develop treatments to fight the disease.

Rebekah Morrison, a hospital apprentice at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Guam, records the weight of convalescent plasma units collected from sailors who recovered from COVID-19. (U.S. Navy/Jaciyn Matanane)

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Moderna scientists working in partnership with the U.S. government have developed a vaccine candidate found to be nearly 95% effective in preventing COVID-19. (© David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe/Getty Images)

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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.


A patient receives a potential COVID-19 vaccine as part of a clinical trial of the candidate vaccine in DeLand, Florida. He is one of 30,000 participants nationwide to be recruited for the trial. (© Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

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A 14-year-old American student’s award-winning science project could offer insights into a potential treatment for COVID-19.


The U.S. Agency for International Development is preparing to help international partners overcome economic and humanitarian hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. USAID’s Over the Horizon Strategic Review is a plan to help partner nations on their journey to recovery and self-reliance in a world altered by COVID-19.

A man climbs a hill and looks toward the sunset. As part of a review called Over the Horizon, USAID conducted a data-driven and evidence-based analysis of the impacts of COVID-19. / Kelly Lynch, USAID


(© Zsolt Czegledi/Media Service Support and Asset Management Fund/AP Images) A bottle containing the drug Remdesivir is held by a health worker at the Institute of Infectology of Kenezy Gyula Teaching Hospital of the University of Debrecen in Debrecen, Hungary, Thursday Oct. 15, 2020. A large study

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SACRAMENTO, CA – MAY 7: Tubes contain fluid for the development of a vaccine patch in a Verndari biotech lab at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif. on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Verndari is racing to develop a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine administered through a patch worn on the skin

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Marines and Sailors with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command listen to Colombian Marines and Sailors during a COVID-19 virtual subject matter expert exchange at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Aug. 27, 2020. The SPMAGTF-SC is hosting virtual classes for partner nation

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A nurse prepares to test a volunteer for COVID-19 at the University of Miami September 2. Miami is one of dozens of U.S. cities where testing is underway for a potential COVID-19 vaccine. (© Taimy Alvarez/AP Images)

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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.

The USAID Maternal and Child Survival Program supports health initiatives in 23 countries, including Kenya, where this child was vaccinated in East Pokot in 2016. (USAID/MCSP/Allan Gichigi)

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U.S. Army Col. Simon Hamid, left, command surgeon, 1st Theater Sustainment Command and Kuwaiti Col. Dr. Raed Altajalli, right, liaison officer for the Kuwait Ministry of Defense, meet with hospital staff in Sabah Al Salem, Kuwait on Aug. 13, 2020. U.S. Army medical teams have maintained a strong rel

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A family discusses their upcoming COVID-19 tests with a doctor at Mugda Medical College and Hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The U.S. is supporting Bangladesh’s efforts against COVID-19 and other challenges. (© Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)

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The United States is delivering 100 American-made ventilators to Bangladesh as part of the two countries’ growing cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 and other challenges. The donation builds on U.S. efforts to ensure a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region through close collaboration with partner nations.

Dr. Chao Wang disinfects a volunteer’s arm before giving him a COVID-19 vaccine being tested for safety and effectiveness in Rockville, Maryland. (© Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

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A Guatemalan migrant father and his Mexican son arrive at the filter hotel operated by IOM in Tijuana. To date this space has hosted 165 migrants since it opened up in early July. Photo by IOM/Jessica Tapia/International Organization for Migration

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A lab technician sorts blood samples for COVID-19 vaccination study at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida on August 13, 2020. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

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U.S. military personnel share information on COVID-19 with Guatemalan Marines on September 10 in advance of deploying to Latin America to work with partner nations in training for crisis response. (U.S. Marine Corps/Corporal Benjamin D. Larsen)

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An instructor discusses medical treatment with trainees, at a training session for community health workers conducted by the national NGO “Health Link” in Gumbo, on the outskirts of Juba, South Sudan Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. The coronavirus is exposing an uncomfortable inequality in the b

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USAID delivers 100 ventilators to India. Photo by Gaurav Dhawan, U.S. Embassy, India

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The United States is the world’s largest donor of foreign aid, contributing $34.6 billion in 2019. This year, the U.S. has contributed more than $20 billion to fight COVID-19 around the world.

When families from Côte d’Ivoire returned home after fleeing violence, USAID helped them rehabilitate their farmlands. Building food security and the ability to fight COVID-19 are among the ways the U.S. helps developing countries to help themselves. (USAID/Micah Clemens)


A researcher takes blood samples for the study of a potential COVID-19 vaccine August 13 in Hollywood, Florida. (© Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)

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Dr. Jonas Salk, who developed the first polio vaccine, administers an injection at an elementary school in Pittsburgh on February 23, 1954. (© AP Images)

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“Volunteers showing and wearing protection equipment donated by UNHCR in a shelter located in one of the most vulnerable zones of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua in northern Mexico.” Photo by Pastor Ismael Martinez, Director of shelter “Pan de Vida”.

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U.S. leadership in vaccine development and infectious disease treatment is vital in efforts to combat COVID-19 worldwide. U.S. research is responsible for vaccines that protect the world’s citizens from yellow fever, measles and polio. Lessons learned from these U.S. scientific breakthroughs are helping efforts to rapidly develop a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19.

Dr. Maurice Hilleman, seen in March 1963, developed vaccines against diseases including measles and mumps, and is credited with saving millions of lives. (© AP Images)

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Okinawa Prefectural Government representatives met with Marine Corps Installations Pacific leadership and medical health professionals to discuss COVID-19 related information on Camp Foster Naval Hospital, July 15, 2020, OKINAWA, JAPAN. The parties present agreed to continue openly communicating and

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The U.S. Department of State has provided $350 million to help migrants and refugees as part of the international COVID-19 response in countries around the world.

“Health volunteers at shelter “Pan de Vida” in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, use medical and protection equipment donated by UNHCR to examine individuals and prevent COVID-19 contagion”. Photo by Pastor Ismael Martinez, Director of shelter “Pan de Vida”.
Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), holds up a model of COVID-19, known as coronavirus, during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the plan to research, manufacture and distribute a coronavirus vaccine, known as Operation Warp Speed, Thursday, July 2


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Nurse Kathe Olmstead, right, gives volunteer Melissa Harting, of Harpersville, N.Y. an injection as the world’s biggest study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., gets underway Monday, July 27, 2020, in Binghamton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans


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Ventilators provided by the U.S. Government are packaged prior to being shipped to El Salvador to assist the country with their ongoing COVID-19 response. June 26, 2020 USAID

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Scientists and lab technicians with the Emerging Infectious Disease branch at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, conducts studies in order to find a solution for the Coronavirus, July 1, 2020. The Emerging Infectious Diseases branch, established in 2018, has the explicit mission to survey,

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COVID-19 detection canine Poncho indicates a positive sample from multiple items presented on a canine training wheel July 30, 2020 at ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD. The Training Aid Delivery Devices attached to each arm of the wheel allow the dog to detect the substance inside, some of which are the

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Ventilators to the Republic of Peru. Photo by Magali Ugarte June 23, 2020

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A poster is displayed in the entrance way looking for volunteers as the world’s biggest study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., gets underway Monday, July 27, 2020, in Binghamton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

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The United States has allocated $20.5 billion in aid to the global COVID-19 fight, including $53 million more in State Department and USAID funding. “The United States continues to lead the world in the fight against COVID-19,” Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said while announcing the latest humanitarian and economic assistance.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo speaks to journalists in Washington on August 5. (State Dept./Ron Przysucha)

Vaccines need to be safe and effective to protect the public. Responsible governments are working to find a vaccine for COVID-19 using accepted scientific standards. Learn the way responsible governments will develop a vaccine in this video.

FILE – In this Monday, July 27, 2020 file photo, a nurse prepares a shot as a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., gets underway in Binghamton, N.Y. Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities ho

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When Peter Tsai invented the material that made the N95 mask possible, he never expected it would save millions of lives decades later. Now the mask — which can trap viruses and bacteria — is used by first responders, medical professionals and at-risk people around the world. “My invention is just an ordinary invention in an extraordinary time,” Tsai said.

Peter Tsai, the inventor of the material used in N95 masks, at his home in Knoxville, Tennessee (© Kathy Tsai)

These six health care workers received support from USAID and are now on the front lines of the COVID-19 response in different parts of the world. See the story below. (USAID)

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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.

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A scientist with the Emerging Infectious Disease branch at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research conducts studies in order to find a solution for the Coronavirus, July 1, 2020. The Emerging Infectious Diseases branch, established in 2018, has the explicit mission to survey, anticipate, and coun

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America, along with the rest of the world, is working swiftly to develop a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19. Despite the efforts to work quickly, safety remains the top priority of researchers in the U.S.

Scientists and lab technicians with the Emerging Infectious Disease branch at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research The Emerging Infectious Diseases branch, established in 2018, has the explicit mission to survey, anticipate and counter the mounting threat of emerging infectious diseases of key

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Person using forklift to unload boxes marked 'USAID' from back of truck (U.S. Embassy India/Gaurav Dhawan)
USAID delivers 100 U.S.-produced ventilators to India to help COVID-19 patients. (U.S. Embassy India/Gaurav Dhawan)

This rolling collection of photos, tweets and articles offers a snapshot of the U.S. commitment to fighting COVID-19 worldwide. We will update this frequently.

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The U.S. government is providing financial assistance and technical support to multiple Caribbean nations fighting COVID-19. Help ranges from distribution of medical and protective equipment to support for programs in which young leaders engage students while schools are closed.

(State Dept./M. Rios)

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Artificial intelligence 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 current technology to monitor and treat the new coronavirus.

Illustration of coronavirus amid computer chip with drawing of human eye (State Dept./D. Thompson)
(State Dept./D. Thompson)

U.S. businesses have donated at least $40 million to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the fight against COVID-19.

Shipping pallet with 'UPS' sign, overlaid with 'U.S. businesses support ASEAN's COVID-19 response' (State Dept./Photo: © UPS)
(State Dept./Photo: © UPS)

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Infectious disease experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are helping Latin American medics to fight COVID-19 with interactive webinars.

(Graphic: H. Efrem)

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Master Sgt. Aisling Loftus, 100th Force Support Squadron postal superintendent, assembles a care package of hygiene items at RAF Mildenhall, England, June 15, 2020. Loftus spearheaded an initiative led by the Top-3 committee to collect hygiene items, snacks, and money for local healthcare workers. (

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National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins speaks during a Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on new coronavirus tests on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)


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Zimbabwe, Shamva district, 03 April 2020WFP Zimbabwe is rolling out new risk-control measures at its food distributions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. WFP has increased the number of distributions to limit overcrowding, has distributed all protective clothing, health and safety items to the f
SACRAMENTO, CA – MAY 7: Thomas Ellison tests a vaccine patch under development in a Verndari biotech lab at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif. on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Verndari is racing to develop a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine administered through a patch worn on the skin. (P

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The International Rescue Committee is partnering with a health facility in Syria to deliver medical supplies in that country and PPE to frontline health workers. (© IRC)
Engineers more accustomed to building spacecraft than medical devices worked on a prototype ventilator for coronavirus patients at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California in March and April of 2020. VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally) is designed to be

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Research into a COVID-19 vaccine continues among U.S. companies and government agencies. (© Shutterstock)
436th Aerial Port Squadron Airmen move U.S. Agency for International Development ventilators to be delivered to Moscow, Russia, on a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III assigned to Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 2, 2020. Dover AFB’s strategic location

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Medical workers from the Ministry of Health wearing protective suits handle a coronavirus test taken from a vendor at La Terminal market in Guatemala City, Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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The U.S. partnership with Mexico and Central America continues to encourage a strong COVID-19 response and a brighter economic future for all countries. Since the start of the pandemic, the United States has provided more than $22 million to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico to fight the disease.

A new online tool can estimate how long the virus that causes COVID-19 will survive on surfaces. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security designed the tool to help officials and business owners, in consultation with health professionals, make decisions on reopening facilities.

An employee at a Pennsylvania restaurant cleans a table on June 4. (© Keith Srakocic/AP Images)

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In #Burma, the U.S. is helping in vulnerable communities protect themselves from #COVID19. With@USAID funding, @UNICEF is installing handwashing stations, providing soap, cleaning supplies, & safe water, & is disseminating critical info about preventing the spread of the virus. (© May May Kh

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Mercy Corps’ cash aid programs help Venezuelan migrants in Colombia pay for medical care and other necessities during the coronavirus pandemic. (© Mercy Corps). April 2020 – Antioquia, Colombia. Mercy Corps is adapting its cash assistance programming in Colombia in response to the COVID-19 pan

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The U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band performs a clarinet trio recital outside a retirement home in Wittlich, Germany, May 28, 2020. The team visited retirement homes surrounding Spangdahlem Air Base in the villages of Trier, Wittlich, and Landscheid, Germany, to build partnerships between the base and

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Alabama National Guard Surgeon General Colonel Michael Rowland talks directly to several Romanian military nurses and doctors before entering the Jefferson County Department of Health in Birmingham, Ala., May 29, 2020. The Romanians spent an afternoon at the health department posing questions and co

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In this photo taken Jan. 23, 2020, Dr. George Diaz, section chief for infectious diseases at Providence Regional Medical Center, poses for a photo in Everett, Wash. Diaz was part of the team that treated the first U.S. patient infected with the new virus from China, who was admitted to the facility

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U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Stefanie Nochisaki, COVID-19 Contact Tracing Cell officer-in-charge gives a shop tour to Japan Air Self Defense Force Col. Masashi Iwata, Self Defense Forces Naha Hospital director, and Col. Morikatsu Tamashiro, Southwestern Air Defense Force Headquarters command surgeon, both as

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Research into a COVID-19 vaccine continues among U.S. companies and government agencies. (© Shutterstock)

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US soldiers unload medical aid from the United States, including ventilators as a donation to help the country tackle the coronavirus outbreak, after a US airforce plane landed at Vnukovo International Airport outside in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)

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April 2020 – Borno, Nigeria. In order to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 at distributions of building materials and in the community, Mercy Corps team members are now educating program participants on thorough hand washing, constructing hand washing stations at distribution points, and limiting

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International relief organizations based in the United States are protecting the world’s most vulnerable people from COVID-19 (see the photo above). U.S. donors have given more than $4.3 billion to COVID-19 relief efforts worldwide.

An Italian air force member stands-by as a pallet of medical supplies from Milan, Italy is off-loaded in Rome, May, 13, 2020. In response to the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak, an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules assisted the Italian government in transporting medical supplies betw


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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jason McGhee, 313th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron biomedical equipment technician, left, and Senior Airman Antonio Candler, 313th EOSS medical logistics, decontaminate a Transport Isolation System on a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, after the t

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Tan (right), 86th Operations Support Squadron aircraft loadmaster, reviews manifest details with Italian air force 1st Warrant Officer Francesco G. during a support mission to assist the Italian government in transporting medical supplies to Milan, Italy, May 13, 2

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A tractor pulls the first batch of medical aid from the United States, including 50 ventilators as a donation to help the country tackle the coronavirus outbreak, from a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster transport plane upon its landing at Vnukovo International Airport outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday

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TAMUNING, Guam (April 17, 2020) – Guam Air National Guard Airmen from the 254th REDHORSE Squadron meet with personnel from Guam Department of Public Works and Guam Power Authority to discuss logistics for a potential alternate care facility at the Guam Memorial Hospital in Tamuning April 17. The Gua

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where one of our lead team members, Daniel Eleyahouzadeh ran an errand for Dr. Khan, a dermatology resident at SUNY Downstate after she worked 6 straight Covid shifts. He delivered a hazmat suit to the next resident taking on her shift in Brooklyn. (Courtesy NYC CovidSitters)

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There are now 30 COVIDsitter sister programs in 21 states across the U.S., and more in Canada, the United Kingdom and Sudan. Volunteers are helping COVID-19 health care workers manage the home front.


Kristin Joy, a volunteer, hands a cloth face mask at a drive thru at RAF Alconbury, England, April 15, 2020. Volunteers made 232 cloth face masks, which were given to community members to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jennifer Zima)

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The United States continues to lead the world’s COVID-19 response, with a commitment of more than $10 billion to fight the pandemic worldwide. “There is no country that remotely rivals what the United States has done to help combat this terrible virus,” Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said.

Check out this video to see how the U.S. is working as part of the international community to discover treatment options, share research and build partnerships to defeat COVID-19. The American private sector, academic institutions and government agencies are joining their allies in the unified fight against the new coronavirus.

The COVID-19 virus has disrupted life around the world, but the world is coming together in partnership. Technology companies are producing innovative new tests. (© AP Images)

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LAKE SUCCESS, NY – MARCH 11: A lab technician begins semi-automated testing for COVID-19 at Northwell Health Labs on March 11, 2020 in Lake Success, New York. An emergency use authorization by the FDA allows Northwell to move from manual testing to semi-automated. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/

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The United States’ release of tens of thousands of coronavirus studies is enabling experts worldwide to use artificial intelligence (AI) to speed the search for a COVID-19 cure.


Brooks Weisblat, vice president of technology at the the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, displays data related to the new coronavirus pandemic in the planetarium of the museum, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Miami. The museum is contributing to global scientific research efforts to fight d

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SIGONELLA, Italy (April 20, 2020) Naval Air Station Sigonella Commanding Officer, Capt. Kevin Pickard and Lt. Cmdr. Steven Hervey one of the base chaplains pose for a photo with Mrs. Palmina Fraschilla, Acireale Education and Welfare Commissioner and Mr. Giuseppe Torrisi, Head of Acireale Civil Prot

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Imam Mufti Mohammed Ismail, right, leader of An-Noor Cultural Center and masjid for a mostly Bangladeshi Muslim community in Elmhurst, N.Y., and volunteer Mohammad Q Ullah, left, arrive to deliver a box of food supplies to a family impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, Wednesday April 22, 2020. “

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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.

Medical personnel work at the Samaritan’s Purse field hospital in New York’s Central Park, Wednesday, April 1, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more sev

EVANSTON, ILLINOIS – APRIL 03: David Walker makes components for a 3D printed face shield which he is designing for use by medical workers in his lab at Northwestern University on April 03, 2020 in Evanston, Illinois. Walker, who received his PHD from the university, is hoping to use the techn

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While dozens of U.S. universities are working on vaccines and studies to guide the fight against COVID-19, others also are providing equipment and talent to help local communities.

In this Friday, April 24, 2020 photo, Wayne State University medical school students Lucia Luna-Wong, left and Michael Moentmann work in a COVID-19 testing center in Detroit. The students are volunteering in one of America’s hardest-hit cities, testing police officers, firefighters, bus driver

scientist in biohazard protection clothing analyzing covid 19 sample with microscope and holding coronavirus covid 19 blood sample tube on hand in laboratory, coronavirus covid 19 vaccine researchBy (© Mongkolchon Akesin/Shutterstock)

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U.S. researchers are joining forces with scientists around the world to find solutions that will end the COVID-19 pandemic. The collaboration ranges from experiments to adapt a measles vaccine to prevent COVID-19 to efforts to understand how the human immune system’s antibodies attack the coronavirus.

U.S. Army medic paratroopers assigned to the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade attend an IV class in support of preventative efforts against COVID-19 on Caserma Del Din, Italy, April 20, 2020.The 173rd Airborne Brigade is the U.S. Army’s Contingency Response Force in Euro

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Swindlers around the world are trying to cash in on COVID-19 fears with bogus vaccines and cures. They steal money from their victims and spread misinformation. The U.S. Department of Justice is working to put a stop to such fraud.

(State Dept./D. Thompson)

Researchers from the University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute have won a $10 million grant from the U.S. government to map cases of the new coronavirus and anticipate how communities will be affected. The institute’s computer scientists and epidemiologists will lead teams from several other institutions using big-data computing tools. Such data allows experts to see how human behaviors affect the spread of disease.

Computer scientist Madhav Marathe leads a team at the University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute. (© Dan Addison/University of Virginia)

Dr. Haidar Al-Saadi treats COVID-19 patients in a suburban Detroit hospital. (Courtesy of Dr. Haidar Al-Saadi)

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Muslims traditionally make a special effort to increase their charitable activities during Ramadan. COVID-19 hasn’t changed that for American Muslims. Read about their stories.

Volunteers at the Islamic Society of Central Florida distribute food from the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to needy families during a drive-thru event on April 9, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. The food bank has seen record demand for assistance in the Orlando area due to job losses caused

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Two-time Fulbright alumnus Elvis Rivera holds up one of the face shields he made for health care workers in Honduras. (Courtesy of Elvis Rivera)

The United States is at the forefront of global health security. Follow this link for a video on how U.S. leadership in the fight against HIV, Zika, Ebola and other diseases has prepared the international community to better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scholars around the world who have been part of the State Department’s Fulbright Program are using their experience to help their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Medical workers are benefiting from the many U.S. businesses that have turned their attention to the COVID-19 pandemic. (© AP Images)

An American company based in California is using drones to transport COVID-19 tests between rural Ghana and two of the country’s main cities. Zipline International Inc. is one example of the many private U.S. companies that are stepping forward to address the coronavirus crisis internationally. But it’s the first time drones have been used to deliver COVID-19 test samples, according to media reports.

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The U.S. donation to Uruguay strengthens the country’s capacity to respond to COVID-19. (U.S. Embassy Uruguay)

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The U.S. government is providing millions of dollars as well as training and supplies to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to Central and South American countries. A total of more than $73 million has been provided to the Western Hemisphere in response to the pandemic.

A guard at the University of Honduras’ field hospital on April 16 (© Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)

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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.

Microbiologist Molly Freeman pulls bacteria from a vial in a laboratory researching foodborne-disease outbreaks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. (© David Goldman/AP Images)


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The United States is providing nearly $40 million to help Pacific Island nations prevent and control COVID-19. Over the last 20 years, the United States has invested over $5 billion in assistance for the Pacific islands, with more than $620 million for health in the past decade.

The U.S. help for Pacific island nations’ response to COVID-19 includes aid to health centers like this one in Vanuatu, seen in May 2019. (© Laszlo Mates/Shutterstock)

Capt. Arfan Malik, a critical care nurse at the Intensive Care Unit, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, trains Holly Bryant, a registered nurse with the Labor and Delivery Unit at LRMC, various training elements designed to increase staffing capabilities in support of COVID-19 operations at LRMC, Ap

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The U.S. 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 and Morocco, as well as the West Bank. This will improve disease detection and prevention, bolster lab capacity, and treat patients. The U.S. is also partnering with humanitarian groups to support water sanitation and hygiene programs.

Vehicles in northeast Syria on March 27 hold medical supplies, part of U.S. and coalition efforts to prevent and treat COVID-19 in prisons and hospitals in the country. (DVIDS/Courtesy photo)


Nurse Tatsanee Onthong, 26, wears personal protective equipment (PPE) as she attends to a COVID-19 in the Emerging Infectious Disease Clinic intensive care unit at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, April 22, 2020. Picture taken April 22, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 

May 1

The U.S. is a primary partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations when it comes to investing in health. A new $35 million in U.S. emergency aid is helping ASEAN countries respond to COVID-19. That’s part of the long-term U.S. investments to improve public health in the region.

April 30

Diana Berrent was one of the first people in Port Washington, New York, to test positive for COVID-19. The hope that she would make it and that her antibodies could potentially save others inspired the photographer to start Survivor Corps to urge COVID-19 survivors to donate blood and plasma. Their donations help medical researchers better understand the disease and may ultimately help patients get more effective treatments.

Diana Berrent encourages COVID-19 survivors to donate plasma for research. (© Diana Berrent)


Tilliesa Banks, right, a nurse in Seattle, helps a colleague put on a medical face shield before they start their shift in a triage tent outside the Harborview Medical Center’s emergency department. The face shield was 3D printed by a member of a network of volunteers using a design approved a

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The coronavirus pandemic is inspiring people worldwide to help their communities. Some of these local champions are alumni of U.S. Department of State programs, using their leadership and skills to help people in need.

April 24

April 23

The U.S. 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 remains as the U.S. investigates the World Health Organization’s failure to provide timely, accurate information on the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Graphic saying U.S. has committed more than $775 million to fight COVID-19 worldwide (State Dept.)The hunt is on for a vaccine to prevent the COVID-19 disease. Learn more about that and other vaccine research.

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The vial seen here March 20 contains a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed at the Novavax company in Rockville, Maryland. (© Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. Department of Defense has given $1.1 million in laboratory and diagnostic supplies to dozens of partner nations in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. The department has a long history of fighting worldwide contagions.

Woman in pink gloves and lavender protective gear putting capped bottles into large container (U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sergeant Michael Walters)
Misook Choe, with the Emerging Infectious Disease Branch at the Walter Reed Army Institute, runs a test while researching COVID-19. (U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sergeant Michael Walters)

The United States continues to work closely with democratic partners in East Asia to help contain the new coronavirus.

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Joseph Wu, center, Taiwan’s minister of foreign affairs, gestures during an April 15 ceremony in which Taiwan donated some 100 infrared thermal scanners to its diplomatic allies. (© Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)
Georgian officials who received training (above) and equipment from the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency are fighting the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia. (DTRA)

April 22

The U.S. is helping European nations fight COVID-19, relying on long-standing partnerships to improve disease prevention and detection across the continent.

A pharmacist gives Jennifer Haller, left, the first shot in a clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19 on March 16 at a research center in Seattle. (© Ted S. Warren/AP Images)

April 21


Here’s a look at how Americans’ spirit of volunteerism is thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic.


NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg leads an April 15 meeting via teleconference of the NATO members’ defense ministers. (NATO)

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April 17

The United States and its NATO allies are helping allied and partner nations combat COVID-19 across two continents.

April 16

The U.S. government is supplying millions of dollars, training and equipment to African countries to help them combat the spread of the new coronavirus.

Staff members work on a ventilator-refurbishing assembly line on March 28 at Bloom Energy in Sunnyvale, California. (© Beth LaBerge/KQED/AP Images)


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U.S. and Italian soldiers in a March 31 ceremony in Vicenza, Italy, honor those who have died from the coronavirus. (U.S. Army Garrison Italy/Maria Cavins)

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.

April 11


This rolling collection of photos, tweets and articles offers a snapshot of the U.S. commitment to fighting COVID-19 worldwide. We will update frequently.

April 7

U.S. charities are donating millions to stop the spread of COVID-19, funding research (above) into new therapies and helping cities around the world improve detection and treatment.

The people of the United States care for the people of China. As the People’s Republic of China grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year, U.S. companies sprang into action to provide assistance, relief and containment efforts.

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We all have a common stake in our shared future. Today, our moved 18K meals to our partners in . Great work — we continue to accomplish our mission while supporting the response to . @Southcom @USEmbassySV

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Corporate funds are flowing in to help scientists fight COVID-19. (© Sven Hoppe/picture alliance/Getty Images)

This rolling collection of photos, tweets and articles offers a snapshot of the U.S. commitment to fighting COVID-19 worldwide. We will update frequently.

April 3

Many of America’s most successful companies are giving money, supplies and know-how to take on the COVID-19 crisis at home and abroad.

April 2

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The strong partnership between the U.S. and the Ghana Armed Forces is at the forefront of combating COVID-19. The is deploying one state of the art Level II Field Hospital from two that Amb. Sullivan handed over Feb 4 on behalf of the U.S. Govt. 

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AMCHAM Malaysia@AmChamMalaysia

@Dell back at it again! Thank you for your admirable donations to Teluk Intan Hospital. @usembassykl

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The USNS Mercy, docked in Los Angeles, can support 1,200 medical personnel. (© Apu Gomes/AFP/Getty Images)

April 1

Two U.S. Navy hospital ships, familiar to many people they’ve helped in other countries, are taking on civilian patients while docked in Los Angeles and New York. It’s part of the government’s “whole-of-America approach” to fighting the coronavirus outbreak.

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FDA is using every tool at its disposal to combat the pandemic. Here are the latest actions we’ve taken: 

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March 31

See how U.S. funding is strengthening countries’ responses to the new coronavirus.
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Amidst this pandemic, work to make global health guidance accessible to all. alumnus Krishneer Sen uses sign language to translate the Prime Minister’s messaging for the deaf community.


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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Melinda J. Roth loads medical supplies to be transported to Italy onto an aircraft at Ramstein Air Base in Germany on March 20. (Photo: U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class John R. Wright; video: U.S. Air Force/Master Sergeant Roidan Carlson)
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Melinda J. Roth loads medical supplies to be transported to Italy onto an aircraft at Ramstein Air Base in Germany on March 20. (Photo: U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class John R. Wright; video: U.S. Air Force/Master Sergeant Roidan Carlson)

This rolling collection of photos, tweets and articles offers a snapshot of the U.S. commitment to fighting COVID-19 worldwide. We will update frequently.

March 26

An American and a French scientist 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 COVID-19.

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Left: Marco Vignuzzi (center), postdoctoral fellow Ferdinand Roesch (in glasses, sitting) and research technician Thomas Vallet. Right: Benjamin tenOever. (Courtesy photos)

March 24

USArmy supporting our Italian allies in a battle against . The 405th AFSB @USAGItaly is packaging beds, mattresses, stretchers, IV poles, wheelchairs & linens for Humanitarian Assistance Program to the Lombardy region @US_EUCOM @ambasciatausa @21stTSC @ArmyMateriel

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(1/3) The U.S. government, through @USAID, is providing MNT3.3 billion ($1.2 million) to support the Government of Mongolia in its response to COVID-19 in the country.  @usembmongolia @USAIDGH

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Secretary Pompeo



#COVID19 update: @RamsteinAirBase C-130J transported an En-Route Patient Staging System to Aviano AB, #Italy for delivery to the Italian Ministry of Defense. This system provides 10 patient holding/staging beds & can support a max throughput of 40 patients in 24 hrs. @usairforce

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ANNOUNCEMENT: United States contributes an additional $5 million to the @iaeaorg to help combat #COVID19. The funding responds to requests for support from over 60 #IAEA member states. Read more here: @StateISN @State_IO


Mike “Nzita” Hammer @USAmbDRC

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Yesterday US FDA & the EMA/EU co-chaired a virtual global regulatory workshop on COVID-19 vaccine development. The goal: encourage information exchange on global efforts to develop new vaccines against the disease. .

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McDonald’s Philippines, majority owned and operated by Dr. George T. Yang, has announced the release of a P500M response fund to enable the company to provide assistance for its employees and the community it serves.

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Ambassador Randy Berry


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Embajador Ronald Johnson


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March 10

The United States in February pledged to spend up to $100 million to combat the coronavirus disease COVID-19 overseas.

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February 7

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has sent hundreds of coronavirus test kits around the world and plans to send thousands more.

Health workers in protective garb taking notes in hallway (© Feature China/Barcroft Media/Getty Images)
CDC workers in Wuhan, China, examine information collected from patients who may have the 2019 novel coronavirus on February 4. (© Feature China/Barcroft Media/ Getty Images)

February 6

U.S. groups have sent medical supplies to help people responding to the coronavirus outbreak in China.

One worker standing and one worker sitting in vehicle near boxes on pallet and aircraft (© UPS)
Private U.S. companies and organizations have provided China with gear to safeguard against the new coronavirus. (© UPS)