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

Gloved and masked person drawing blood from another's arm (© Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)
A researcher takes blood samples for the study of a potential COVID-19 vaccine August 13 in Hollywood, Florida. (© Chandan Khanna/AFP/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 this frequently.

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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.

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

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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.

Woman in protective gear taking temperature of girl (© Pastor Ismael Martinez/Pan de Vida)
A volunteer uses U.S.-funded equipment to take the temperature of a girl in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. (© Pastor Ismael Martinez/Pan de Vida)

The University of Minnesota, the University of Colorado Boulder and Columbia University are among the schools at which scientists are studying ways to lower viral transmission indoors. For instance, they are testing the efficacy of ultraviolet light to destroy viruses without harming humans on airplanes and in schools, hospitals and other settings.

Person wearing mask and walking down aircraft aisle (© David J. Phillip/AP Images)
A passenger boards an aircraft in Houston. (© David J. Phillip/AP Images)

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The final stage of testing is underway in the United States on three potential vaccines for COVID-19, a major step toward delivering a safe, effective vaccine to the world in record time.

Small, colorful bodies and strands of bodies surrounding brown blob (NIAID-RML)
The SARS-CoV-2 virus emerges from the surface of a cell cultured in a lab researching a COVID-19 vaccine. (NIAID-RML)

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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.

Michael R. Pompeo speaking behind lectern while two seated people listen (State Dept./Ron Przysucha)
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.

Gloved hands holding vial and hypodermic needle (© Hans Pennink/AP Images)
A nurse prepares an injection as part of a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc. (© Hans Pennink/AP Images)

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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.

Man standing on port holding yellow mask (© Kathy Tsai)
Peter Tsai, the inventor of the material used in N95 masks, at his home in Knoxville, Tennessee. (© Kathy Tsai)

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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.

Six close-ups of men and women, three wearing masks (USAID)
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. (USAID)

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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.

Seven men and women in protective gear posing for portrait in lab (U.S. Army/Shawn Fury)
Scientists and lab technicians in the Emerging Infectious Diseases Branch at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. The team is working to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. (U.S. Army/Shawn Fury)

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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 with Earth and 'U.S. supports Central and South America in fighting COVID-19' (Graphic: H. Efrem/Photo: © Shutterstock)
(Graphic: H. Efrem/Photo: © Shutterstock)

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A chance meeting between two NASA scientists led to the development of a ventilator prototype to help patients suffering from COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration has approved the VITAL prototype, and after receiving more than 100 applications, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has selected eight U.S. manufacturers to make the new ventilators.

People in protective gear posing with a ventilator prototype (NASA/JPL-Caltech)
Clockwise from bottom left: Brandon Metz, Shaunessy Grant, Michael Johnson, David Van Buren, Michelle Easter and Patrick Degrosse are among the NASA engineers who created VITAL, a ventilator prototype designed for COVID-19 patients. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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The United States has donated $1.16 billion more to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to prevent the spread of infectious diseases worldwide. Gavi helps vaccinate nearly half the world’s most vulnerable children. The donation helps build the infrastructure and programs that will be needed for future COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

Digital drawing of COVID-19 virus attacking DNA strands (© Shutterstock)
Scientists are racing to uncover the secrets of the COVID-19 virus and design a vaccine to defeat it. Shown here is an illustration of the virus attacking DNA strands in a human cell. (© Shutterstock)

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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.

Gloved hands inserting swab into glass vial (© Moises Castillo/AP Images)
Health care workers wear protective suits while handling a coronavirus test in Guatemala City. (© Moises Castillo/AP Images)

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.

Woman with face mask and spray bottle running cloth over table (© Keith Srakocic/AP Images)
An employee at a Pennsylvania restaurant cleans a table. (© Keith Srakocic/AP Images)

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So far, there are 144 trials of potential drug therapies for COVID-19 underway in the United States, and another 457 trials are being planned. The treatment of the first confirmed patient in the U.S., “patient one,” provided insight for some of those trials.

Man in suit standing in hospital hallway (© Ted S. Warren/AP Images)
Dr. George Diaz treated the first person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States. That treatment spurred studies of potential COVID-19 treatments. (© Ted S. Warren/AP Images)

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

Woman bending over to wash hands from water dispenser (© Mercy Corps)
The U.S. charity Mercy Corps is working in dozens of countries to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The group taught people how to build hand-washing stations like this one in Borno, Nigeria. (© Mercy Corps)

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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.

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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)

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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.

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)

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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.

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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.

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)

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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.

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)

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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.

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)

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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.

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)

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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.

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)

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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. 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)

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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.

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)

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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)

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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)

For U.S. worldwide efforts in February through April, beginning with U.S. groups sending medical supplies to China, please visit “The U.S. fights coronavirus worldwide [first 3 months].”