Advocacy Updates ~ July 26, 2021

Congressional News House passes Securing America from Epidemics Act On July 22, the House passed H.R. 2118, the Securing America from Epidemics (SAFE) Act, under suspension of the rules. This legislation authorizes U.S. participation in the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI), which is dedicated to vaccinations against future pandemics and is one of the…

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Advocacy Updates ~ July 13, 2021

Administration News Biden administration releases global COVID-19 response and recovery framework  On July 1, the White House released its U.S. COVID-19 Global Response and Recovery Framework, which outlines five objectives to achieve its overarching goals of ending the pandemic and strengthening global recovery and readiness for future pandemic threats. These objectives include: 1) accelerating equitable…

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Advocacy Updates ~ June 28, 2021

Administration News Leaders commit to equitable COVID-19 tools access, WHO reform and announce manufacturing and supply chain task force at U.S.-E.U. Summit U.S. and European leaders met on June 15 to renew their Transatlantic partnership, set an agenda for the post-pandemic era, and commit to regular dialogues to review progress. Their statement included many global…

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Advocacy Updates ~ June 15, 2021

Administration News President Biden nominates new ambassadorships with more announcements expected soon ? President Biden has nominated Paloma Adams-Allen, former president and executive director of the Inter-American Foundation, for Deputy Administrator for Management and Resources, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He also nominated Isobel Coleman for Deputy Administrator for Policy and Programming at…

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Advocacy Updates ~ May 28, 2021

Administration News Biden Administration releases FY22 budget request Today, the Biden Administration released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget proposal, which contains approximately $63.7 billion for the international affairs budget. Global Health Council has been working with lawmakers in anticipation of today’s release and, as expected, President Biden’s budget includes $10 billion for global health…

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Advocacy Updates ~ May 12, 2021

Administration News U.S. backs proposal to waive COVID-19 vaccine patent rights U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the Biden-Harris Administration support of waiving intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines, noting “This is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures.” Tai committed that the U.S. would engage…

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Advocacy Updates ~ April 28, 2021

Administration News Biden administration releases preview of FY22 budget request On April 9, the Biden Administration released a preview of its Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 discretionary budget request–the traditional first step in the budget process that enables lawmakers to begin drafting their annual appropriations bills. The discretionary budget includes a historic increase of the International…

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Advocacy Updates ~ April 5, 2021

Administration News Gayle Smith to lead COVID-19 and global health security at State Department On April 5, Secretary of State Antony Blinken named Gayle E. Smith as Coordinator for Global COVID Response & Health Security at the U.S. State Department. Gayle Smith, currently President and CEO of ONE Campaign, will be on temporary assignment to…

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Advocacy Updates ~ March 22, 2021

Congressional News American Rescue Plan includes emergency global health funding On March 11, President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan COVID-19 relief bill into law. The final bill includes significant funding for the U.S. global response to the pandemic. A few highlights include: $3.09 billion for USAID to prevent, detect and respond to…

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Advocacy Updates ~ February 22, 2021

Congressional News COVID-19 emergency funds progressing through budget reconciliation After passing a budget resolution for fiscal year (FY) 2021, Congress has continued to progress toward passing President Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief proposal. Authorizing committees in the House have been marking up their individual bills. The House Committee on the Budget plans to mark up the…

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