Washington, DC (July 28, 2020)As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread globally, the urgent need for greater surveillance, equipment, personnel, testing, and laboratory capacity to save lives and contain the spread of the virus continues to grow. Global health programs haven’t received the funding they need in emergency bills so far. Now is the moment for bipartisan consensus and continued support for the U.S. global health legacy.

The U.S. government response to COVID-19 must protect global health and development commitments and avoid backtracking on the significant progress made. As negotiations continue for the next COVID-19 emergency funding bill, we must seek to address the ever-growing needs critical to upholding the international economic, humanitarian, and frontline operations of U.S. initiatives overseas. We should not expect to reduce the harmful effects of the pandemic or thwart its spread without a global response.

Global Health Council urges advocates to join the call for at least $20 billion for the International Affairs Budget in the next emergency COVID-19 supplemental to support the global response.

Now is the time to ensure critical global health funding to keep fighting this pandemic on all fronts to ensure essential progress on other diseases don’t suffer as a result.

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