Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest News

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Read the latest news of how the United States Agency for International Development is responding to COVID-19.


December 18, 2020

USAID’s Improving Access, Curriculum, and Teaching in Medical Education and Emerging Diseases (IMPACT-MED) Alliance brings together a diverse group of university, public sector, and private sector partners to build a strong and effective health workforce in Vietnam able to respond to 21st century priorities and contribute to the health resilience and health security of the country. From March to December 2020, the IMPACT-MED Alliance supported the Vietnam Ministry of Health’s efforts in the prevention and management of COVID-19. The project trained 963 healthcare workers from 194 healthcare facilities, improved epidemic control performance of 30 hospitals across the country, and facilitated 12 online training sessions for 3400 health professional participants on COVID care and treatment. In addition, the IMPACT-MED Alliance partnered with global healthcare company Novartis to train over 5,000 senior medical students from 10 universities on COVID-19 testing procedures, care and treatment, and 520 of them were deployed to aid in COVID-19 response efforts.

December 16, 2020

Like millions of people around the world, Bagila Akhatova has been working from home since March. Instead of lecturing from a university classroom, she now uses applications such as Teams, Quizlet, Jamboard, Padlet, and WhatsApp, and is available around the clock to her students virtually.

December 14, 2020

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism was one of the fastest-growing sectors globally. Recognizing the unique heritage and availability of unspoiled landscapes, the governments of Central Asia identified tourism as a sector to develop and have been facilitating investment in hotels and transport.

December 14, 2020

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the Feed the Future Partnership for Sustainable Supply Chains, a new collaboration with Root Capital, Keurig Dr. Pepper, and Ezrah Charitable Trust to help small agricultural businesses around the world stay afloat during the pandemic of COVID-19 and rebuild in its wake. The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) will complement the partnership with a $35 million loan guarantee.

Re-usable masks' distribution drive in Dakar region
December 8, 2020

Though faced at home with one of the most significant global health crises in history, the United States has continued to act boldly and demonstrated clear, decisive leadership to support health systems, provide humanitarian assistance, and improve economic security and stabilization efforts in Senegal.