The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on Wednesday announced it will provide $345 million for life-saving vaccine assistance, oxygen supplies, and targeted surge support to COVID-19 hotspots.
- $195 million to help countries around the world strengthen their vaccination programs, including setting up vaccination sites, training health workers to administer vaccines, identifying priority at-risk populations, fighting vaccine misinformation, and more.
- $50 million to expand access to life-saving oxygen treatment to help address the global oxygen crisis.
- $100 million to prioritize rapid response interventions in developing countries to combat COVID-19 surges.
The funds were announced on Wednesday at President Biden’s Global COVID-19 Summit: Ending the Pandemic and Building Back Better, the largest gathering of heads of state to address the pandemic to date.
In his address, President Biden called on world leaders, the private sector, non-government organizations, and the philanthropic community to expand and enhance shared efforts to defeat the pandemic. The President called for greater global ambition to end the COVID-19 pandemic in 2022 with new, focused urgency.
USAID and the Department of State have provided more than $9.8 billion to fight COVID-19 in more than 120 countries to date.
“With this additional funding, USAID will accelerate its efforts to vaccinate the world and save lives,” USAID said in a statement.