With more than 4.9 million cases worldwide, the rapid spread of the COVID-19 within the U.S. and to more than 180 countries has demonstrated that a disease threat anywhere is a disease threat everywhere. In today’s interconnected world, it only takes 36 hours for a pathogen to spread around the globe – a threat that is an even more real when 70% of the world remains underprepared to prevent, detect, and respond to a public health emergency.

As the world mobilizes to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Department and USAID have announced $1 billion in commitments for emergency global health and humanitarian funding and Congress has appropriated a total of $2.37 billion in emergency funding for the global response.

In this series of issue briefs below, the USGLC takes an in-depth look at the global pandemic response and COVID-19’s impacts on vulnerable populations, global development and diplomacy, and the future of U.S. global leadership.

 

“No matter how successful we are in fighting the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic at home, we will never stop it unless we are also fighting it around the world.”

Admiral James Stavridis (Ret.) and General Tony Zinni (Ret.) – March 21, 2020

 

“While addressing the urgent health and economic crisis facing our nation, the bipartisan response for the State Department and USAID was a good down payment. But it’s time to get real because there is no way to defeat COVID-19 or any future pandemic at home unless we are also fighting it around the world.”

Liz Schrayer, President and CEO, USGLC – March 26, 2020

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Liz Schrayer – April 27, 2020
USGLC President & CEO

As our country responds to the challenges of ensuring we provide critical personal protective equipment (PPE) to the heroic frontline workers at home, it is important to recognize the need to support vulnerable populations throughout the world.
As the U.S. reviews our policies and procedures, providing PPE to countries with weak and fragile health systems — where COVID-19 is spreading rapidly — is not only critical to saving lives but also preventing a rebound of the virus in the U.S. Read more.

Admiral James Stavridis (Ret.) and General Tony Zinni (Ret.) – March 21, 2020
Co-Chairs of the USGLC’s National Security Advisory Council

No matter how successful we are in fighting the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic at home, we will never stop it unless we are also fighting it around the world. As Congress works on emergency funding to address the domestic impact – which is and must be our top priority – we must also prioritize resources for the State Department, USAID, and other development agencies on the frontlines keeping Americans safe.
If there is anything that we have seen in the last several weeks, it is that a deadly virus threat anywhere is a deadly threat everywhere. When 70% of the world remains underprepared to respond to a public health emergency, America must lead – and that will require smart investments in our diplomats and development programs. Read more.