The U.S. fights coronavirus worldwide [first 4 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 May 29.

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

May 29

May 28

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.

Woman in face mask holding package with man behind her with thumbs up (© COVIDsitters)
Daniel Eleyahouzadeh (right), a volunteer with New York City’s COVIDsitter program, ran an errand for Dr. Neelam Khan (left) after she worked six straight coronavirus shifts. He also delivered a hazmat suit for her to give to the next doctor taking her shift. (© COVIDsitters)

May 27

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.

Bar graph comparing global COVID-19 aid response by China, $2 billion, and by the U.S., $10.2 billion (State Dept.)
(State Dept.)

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.

Health workers swabbing patient's mouth as others look on (© AP Images)
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)

May 26

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.

May 22

May 21

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.

People standing between tents (© Mary Altaffer/AP Images)
Medical personnel work at the field hospital for COVID-19 patients in New York’s Central Park on April 1. The hospital was set up by faith-based charity Samaritan’s Purse. It’s similar to a smaller one the group had set up to treat patients near Milan, Italy. (© Mary Altaffer/AP Images)

May 19

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.

Woman and man in protective gear working in laboratory (© Carlos Osorio/AP Images)
Wayne State University medical school students Lucia Luna-Wong, left, and Michael Moentmann volunteer in Detroit on April 24 at a COVID-19 testing center that serves police officers, firefighters, bus drivers and other essential workers. (© Carlos Osorio/AP Images)

May 18

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.

Person in protective suit looking through microscope (© Mongkolchon Akesin/Shutterstock)
U.S. scientists are collaborating with scientists in Austria, France, Hong Kong, Israel and other places in the race to stop COVID-19. (© Mongkolchon Akesin/Shutterstock)

May 15

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.

Illustration showing judge's gavel lying on laptop with drawing promoting vaccine on its cracked screen (State Dept./D. Thompson)
(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.

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

May 14

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.

People wearing masks carrying boxes to cars (© Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto/Getty Images)
Volunteers at the Islamic Society of Central Florida distribute food April 9 in Orlando, Florida. (© Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

May 13

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.

Research into vaccines and treatment for COVID-19 continues around the clock in the United States. (© AP Images)

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.

Man holding face shield (Courtesy of Elvis Rivera)
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)

May 12

American businesses both large and small are rapidly shifting their production lines to make products that help combat the new coronavirus. Follow this link to watch a video on how American workers are helping medical personnel and citizens stay protected against COVID-19 at home and abroad.

Group of health care workers wearing masks (© AP Images)
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.

May 10

May 9

May 8

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.

Guard wearing face mask standing in front of beds separated by partitions (© Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)
A guard at the University of Honduras’ field hospital on April 16. (© Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)

May 7

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.

Woman wearing lab coat and gloves looking into vial (© David Goldman/AP Images)
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)

May 6

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.

Woman holding baby (© Laszlo Mates/Shutterstock)
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)

May 5

May 4

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.

Boxes in van with rear doors open, ambulance nearby (DVIDS/Courtesy Photo)
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)

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.

Gloved hands holding bare hand and lancet (© Tatan Syuflana/AP Images)
A health worker takes a blood sample for a rapid coronavirus test on April 21 in Indonesia, one of the ASEAN countries working with the U.S. on the coronavirus response. (© Tatan Syuflana/AP Images)


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)