The U.S. fights coronavirus worldwide [first 3 months]

Person in face mask looking at test tube (© Sven Hoppe/picture alliance/Getty Images)
Corporate funds are flowing in to help scientists fight COVID-19. (© Sven Hoppe/picture alliance/Getty Images)

This is a collection of stories, photos and tweets offering a snapshot of the U.S. commitment to fighting COVID-19 worldwide during the first few months of the pandemic. This begins in early February with U.S. groups sending medical supplies to China and continues through April 30.

Go to “The U.S. fights coronavirus worldwide [rolling updates]” to continue in May or see the latest U.S. efforts around the world.

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.

Woman taking her own picture in front of sign saying 'New York Blood Center' (© Diana Berrent)
(© Diana Berrent)

The State Department is doing its part in keeping America safe and supply chains running with open communication.

April 29

April 28

April 27

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

Woman in lab taking notes while talking to another person (© Thomas Angus)
Jessica Wade is an alumna of the U.S. International Visitor Leadership Program and a physicist. She volunteers with the National Health Service in London to deliver medicine and food to people at risk of COVID-19. (© Thomas Angus)

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.

Gloved hand lifting vial from box of them (© Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)
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.

People with masks standing behind boxes (© Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)
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)

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.

Individuals in protective suits standing near fire truck (DTRA)
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 21

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

People bagging groceries (© John Minchillo/AP Images)
Volunteers pack free groceries for distribution to the elderly at Hope Community Services in New Rochelle, New York, on March 13. (© John Minchillo/AP Images)

April 20

April 19

April 17

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

Meeting with participants showing in two large screens on wall (NATO)
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg leads an April 15 meeting via teleconference of the NATO members’ defense ministers. (NATO)

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.

Drawing of Africa with hands inserted (© Adiyatma/Shutterstock)

April 15

April 14

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.

Graphic saying that the U.S. has committed more than $1 billion to fighting Covid-19 and Ebola (State Dept.)
(State Dept.)

April 11

April 10

U.S. scientists are getting closer to a vaccine to keep the world safe from COVID-19.

A scientist working in a lab at Moderna in Cambridge, Massachusetts (© David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe/Getty Images)
A scientist works in a lab at Moderna Therapeutics in February. Moderna is testing a potential COVID-19 vaccine.(© David L. Ryan/Boston Globe/Getty Images)

April 9

Since the outbreak of the COVID­-19 pandemic, the U.S. has provided more than $18 million in emergency health and humanitarian assistance to countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Graphic depicting hands touching ASEAN flag and coronavirus image crossed out (State Dept.)
(State Dept.)

April 8

April 7

U.S. charities are donating millions to stop the spread of COVID-19, funding research 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.

Row of aircraft with 'Fedex' painted on tail (© Greg Campbell/AP Images)
FedEx says its expertise and network covering more than 200 Chinese cities enable the company to get donations and supplies to people quickly. (© Greg Campbell/AP Images)

April 6

April 4

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.

Person in face mask looking at test tube (© Sven Hoppe/picture alliance/Getty Images)
Corporate funds are flowing in to help scientists fight COVID-19. (© Sven Hoppe/picture alliance/Getty Images)


April 2

Small businesses across America are part of a nationwide mobilization against COVID-19. Producers of everything from athletic gear to boat covers and whiskey have shifted production to making masks, face shields and hand sanitizer to slow the spread of the disease.

Woman standing in front of boat while wearing face mask and face shield (© Rick Bowmer/AP Images)
Romy Humphries wears a face mask and shield March 26 at SugarHouse Industries, a Utah manufacturer of boat tops and covers. (© Rick Bowmer/AP 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.

سورج طلوع ہونے کے وقت بندرگاہ پر کھڑا ایک جہاز۔ (© APU GOMES/AFP/Getty Images)
US Navy Hospital ship Mercy is seen on March 28, 2020 at the Port of Los Angeles in the city of San Pedro to help local hospitals amid the growing Coronavirus crises in Los Angeles, California. – The ship hold 1000 beds which will be used to treat non-coronavirus patients. (Photo by Apu GOMES / AFP) (Photo by APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images)

March 31

Soldiers standing in formation before flags at half staff (U.S. Army Garrison Italy/Maria Cavins)
U.S. and Italian soldiers honor those who have died from the new coronavirus in a March 31 ceremony in Vicenza, Italy. (U.S. Army Garrison Italy/Maria Cavins)

See how U.S. funding is strengthening countries’ responses to the new coronavirus.
Graphic of people by truck with U.S. flag delivering aid packages (Images: © Shutterstock | Graphic: State Dept.)

March 30

March 27

The U.S. private sector is ramping up its efforts against COVID-19 while the U.S. is making the world’s most advanced supercomputers available to scientists around the world to help with the fight.

Compilation photo with man organizing bottles on table (© Litchfield Distillery) and computer network server room (Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Carlos Jones)
Left: A Litchfield Distillery co-owner, David Baker, fills spray bottles with hand sanitizer. (© Litchfield Distillery) Right: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory unveiled Summit as the world’s most powerful and smartest scientific supercomputer on June 8, 2018. (Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Carlos Jones)

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.

Composite photo with three scientists in lab smiling at camera and scientist holding sample up to light (Courtesy photos)
Left: Marco Vignuzzi (center), postdoctoral fellow Ferdinand Roesch (in glasses, sitting) and research technician Thomas Vallet. Right: Benjamin tenOever. (Courtesy photos)

March 24

March 23

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. (Video: U.S. Air Force/Master Sergeant Roidan Carlson)

March 20

March 19

See also: U.S. scientists are at the forefront of the race to create new COVID vaccines, treatments, and tests. A new U.S. law gives them over $8 billion to do so.

March 17

March 12

March 10

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

Graphic with "The U.S. has committed up to $100 million to combat the deadly coronavirus" (State Dept.)
(State Dept.)

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)