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

Woman wearing glasses and blue mask (© ASU Luminosity Lab)
Students at the Arizona State University Luminosity Lab designed the FloeMask to make breathing inside a mask easier. (© ASU Luminosity Lab)

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.

March 9

Katalin Karikó’s research, once ignored by other scientists, led to mRNA technologies that enabled COVID-19 vaccines and will likely yield more therapies.

Katalin Karikó smiling (© BioNTech SE 2021, all rights reserved)
Katalin Karikó’s research helped pioneer much of the science underlying the new COVID-19 vaccines. (© BioNTech SE 2021, all rights reserved)

March 3

University researchers in the U.S. have created color-changing COVID-19 sensors, face mask designs for easier breathing and new tests to detect coronavirus.

Close-up of mask with color-changing strip (© UCSD)
Researchers at the University of California San Diego are developing a color-changing test strip that can be stuck on a mask and used to detect SARS-CoV-2 in a user’s breath or saliva. (© UCSD)

February 18

The United States is working with the international community to expand the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines around the world.

Woman in mask receiving vaccination (© Thanassis Stavrakis/AP Images)
A woman receives a dose of U.S. producer Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in Athens, Greece, on February 15. (© Thanassis Stavrakis/AP Images)

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February 9

Rebecca Moses, an artist and fashion designer, painted the portraits of 46 nurses at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City to thank them for their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Collage of brightly colored portraits of many different women (© Rebecca Moses)
A collage of the 46 portraits of Mount Sinai nurses by Rebecca Moses, on view at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City (© Rebecca Moses)

February 8

The United States is providing the Pacific Island nations of Palau, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia with COVID-19 vaccines.

February 7

January 26

Small antibodies, known as nanobodies, taken from a llama could prove to be effective against COVID-19.

Cormac the llama in a field (Courtesy of Triple J Farms)
Cormac the llama produced small antibodies called nanobodies that could prevent COVID-19. (Courtesy of Triple J Farms)

January 25

The Biden administration is taking strong action to combat COVID-19 around the world and reestablish the United States as a global leader in public health.

Anthony Fauci wearing surgical mask while getting vaccination (© Patrick Semansky/AP Images)
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, prepares to receive his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine December 22 in Bethesda, Maryland. The Biden administration is stepping up U.S. support for global vaccine distribution. (© Patrick Semansky/AP Images)

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The U.S. is working with international partners to help countries around the world recover from the economic hardship wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Illustration of person holding telescope with U.S. flag design while standing in front of other people and clouds in sky (State Dept./D. Thompson)
(State Dept./D. Thompson)

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The U.S. is working to diversify global supply chains because, as COVID-19 has shown, if supply chains are too concentrated they can be easily disrupted.

Illustration of conveyor belt moving boxes over map of the globe (State Dept./D. Thompson)
(State Dept./D. Thompson)

December 14

U.S. embassies worked with Garage48 and Startup Wise Guys to host a worldwide coding event aimed at app development to address COVID-19 recovery.

Woman and man taking selfie in front of computer screen (© Marie Rosalie Hanni)
Hosts Triin Preem (left) and Joao Rei, both with Garage48, take a selfie with the teams at the closing ceremony for the hackathon dedicated to pandemic economic recovery. (© Marie Rosalie Hanni)

December 10

The United States continues to help African nations fight COVID-19 while also helping their economies recover from the pandemic.

Illustration of helicopter dropping aid onto map of Africa (State Dept./D. Thompson)
(State Dept./D. Thompson)

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The U.S. government and American clothing producers have pledged to help workers in Asia recover from the economic hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Illustration of bar graph and Asia map with hand pushing up tallest bar (State Dept./D. Thompson)
The U.S. government and American clothing companies are supporting economic recovery from the pandemic in Asia. (State Dept./D. Thompson)

December 2

Blood plasma donated by COVID-19 survivors in the United States is helping develop treatments to fight the disease.

Woman drawing blood from man at medical facility (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Erwin Jacob V. Miciano)
Sarahi Wilson draws blood from U.S. Marine Johnny Cadengo as part of a convalescent plasma program at the Naval Medical Center San Diego’s Blood Donation Center. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Erwin Jacob V. Miciano)

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November 19

Two U.S.-supported COVID-19 vaccine candidates appear to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19, a major step in the United States’ historic push to end the global pandemic.

November 18

A 14-year-old American student’s award-winning science project could offer insights into a potential treatment for COVID-19.

The U.S. Agency for International Development is preparing to help international partners overcome economic and humanitarian hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. USAID’s Over the Horizon Strategic Review is a plan to help partner nations on their journey to recovery and self-reliance in a world altered by COVID-19.

Man on hill holding walking stick (Kelly Lynch/USAID)
USAID’s Over the Horizon review uses data-driven and evidence-based analysis to plan for agency efforts to support the global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Kelly Lynch/USAID)

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U.S. innovators have developed an antiviral drug that can be used to treat patients hospitalized with COVID-19, part of America’s wide-ranging response to the global pandemic.

Person wearing protective clothing and gloves holding vial labeled as remdesivir (© Zsolt Czegledi/Media Service Support and Asset Management Fund/AP Images)
A health care worker in Hungary holds a bottle containing remdesivir. (© Zsolt Czegledi/Media Service Support and Asset Management Fund/AP Images)

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The United States’ support for the worldwide distribution of vaccines has saved countless lives and laid the groundwork for distributing a future COVID-19 vaccine.

Baby smiling while adult holds plastic vial (USAID/MCSP/Allan Gichigi)
The USAID Maternal and Child Survival Program supports health initiatives in 23 countries, including Kenya, where this child was vaccinated in East Pokot in 2016. (USAID/MCSP/Allan Gichigi)

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As people worldwide await approval of one or multiple COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S., it’s important to understand how vaccines work.

Gloved hand giving an injection (© Ted S. Warren/AP Images)
A patient receives a shot during a clinical trial of a potential vaccine against the novel coronavirus at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. (© Ted S. Warren/AP Images)

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October 20

The United States is delivering 100 American-made ventilators to Bangladesh as part of the two countries’ growing cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 and other challenges. The donation builds on U.S. efforts to ensure a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region through close collaboration with partner nations.

People in face masks across table from others in heavy protective gear (© Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)
A family discusses their upcoming COVID-19 tests with a doctor at Mugda Medical College and Hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The U.S. is supporting Bangladesh’s efforts against COVID-19 and other challenges. (© Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)

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The United States is the world’s largest donor of foreign aid, contributing $34.6 billion in 2019. This year, the U.S. has contributed more than $20 billion to fight COVID-19 around the world.

Five men breaking up farmland with hand tools (USAID/Micah Clemens)
When families from Côte d’Ivoire returned home after fleeing violence, USAID helped them rehabilitate their farmlands. Building food security and the ability to fight COVID-19 are among the ways the U.S. helps developing countries to help themselves. (USAID/Micah Clemens)

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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)

September 9

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)

August 12

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)

August 11

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)

July 22

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)

July 21

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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June 30

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)

June 24

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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For U.S. worldwide efforts in February through May, beginning with U.S. groups sending medical supplies to China, please visit “The U.S. fights coronavirus worldwide [first 4 months].”