The United States has continued to demonstrate its global leadership in public health and humanitarian assistance in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The full range of U.S. resources to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19 has been deployed not just at home, but also across the globe:
- Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the U.S. Government has announced more than $1.5 billion in State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) emergency health, humanitarian, economic, and development assistance specifically aimed at helping governments, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) fight the pandemic. This funding, provided by Congress, will save lives by improving public health education; protecting healthcare facilities; and increasing laboratory, disease-surveillance, and rapid-response capacity in more than 120 countries.
- The State Department, USAID , and CDC are working together to support health systems, humanitarian assistance, and economic, security, and stabilization efforts worldwide with the $2.4 billion in an emergency supplemental funding Congress has allocated.
- The United States is by far the most generous and reliable contributor to crisis response and humanitarian action through UNICEF, the World Food Program, and dozens of international organizations. Our leadership enables these organizations to fight disease and ultimately, protect Americans.
- Americans don’t just provide aid through government means. We have helped populations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic around the world through the generosity of private businesses, nonprofit groups, and faith-based organizations.
The United States has always stood by our partners through pandemics and crises. In the face of the COVID-19, the American people are here to help.