With over 148 million cases worldwide, the rapid spread of the COVID-19 within the U.S. and to more than 192 countries and regions 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 U.S. Congress has approved $18 billion in emergency COVID-19 international response funds to support critical global heath and humanitarian needs to meet the urgent and growing needs around the world.

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

 

“As dangerous new COVID strains reach our shores and the World Bank warns of further economic risk and uncertainty, the need for $20 billion in total emergency resources for the global response to COVID-19 could not be more pressing to protect our own domestic health and economic security.”

Liz Schrayer, President and CEO, USGLC – January 14, 2021

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Liz Schrayer – January 14, 2021
USGLC President & CEO

As the incoming administration moves this proposal forward, it will meet a Congress with hundreds of lawmakers from both chambers and both sides of the aisle who agree that failing to invest in a global response comes at our own peril. Members of Congress on a bipartisan basis have consistently called in recent months for a “robust, coordinated, and sufficiently resourced international response” to COVID-19.
As dangerous new COVID strains reach our shores and the World Bank warns of further economic risk and uncertainty, the need for $20 billion in total emergency resources for the global response to COVID-19 could not be more pressing to protect our own domestic health and economic security. 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.