Global Health Council has compiled detailed information about what the US government, other governments, and WHO are doing to address the spread of COVID-19.
This post was last updated on June 19, 2020.
President Trump declared a national emergency on March 13, 2020.
FEMA will soon publish a Temporary Final Rule restricting the export from the U.S. of five types of medical products:
- N95 respirators;
- Other filtering respirators, including single-use, disposable respiratory devices;
- Elastomeric respirators;
- Surgical masks; and
- PPE gloves or surgical gloves.
The Federal Reserve will invest up to $2.3 trillion in loans to aid small and mid-sized businesses and state and local governments.
H.R. 6201: Families First Coronavirus Act was signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020.
- A section-by-section summary can be found here.
H.R. 6074: Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act was signed into law by President Trump on March 6, 2020.
H.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, passed both chambers and President Trump signed the bill into law on April 24, 2020.
H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act passed the House on May 15, 2020. The bill passed 208-199.
Other U.S. Government Information/Action:
- CDC business guidance
- Congressional Research Service Report on Relief and Assistance Resources for Small Businesses
- CDC COVID-19 website
- OSHA guidance
- NIH COVID-19 website
- USAID COVID-19 assistance information
- Department of Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency information
- State Department travel information
- Information about current travel restrictions
- USAID Partner Guidance
- Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- USAID Administrator Green statement on second funding tranche of $62 million
- USAID COVID-19 Response Fact Sheet
- Global Health Security Agenda
- FDA guidance allowing modifications to previously approved respiratory devices
- PEPFAR’s HIV Response in the context of COVID-19
- GAO report finding that Heath and Human Services failed to ensure that the federal government’s reserve workforce of medical emergency responders is prepared for large-scale disasters like the pandemic.
- PPE Guidance: The US Agency for International Development issued guidance on the use of funds to procure essential medical supplies necessary to proceed with critical programs. You can find the guidance here. For additional information on the guidance, please see this FAQ or email questions directly to CoveredMaterials@usaid.gov.
International Funding Commitments:
*not an exhaustive list
- The UN released $15 million to help vulnerable countries battle the spread of the virus.
- World Bank Group announced up to $12 billion in immediate support for country response.
- IMF announced $50 billion program (mostly interest-free, and countries don’t have to have a pre-existing program with the IMF to participate.
- BMGF commits $100 million to improve detection, isolation, and treatment efforts; protect at-risk populations; and accelerate the development of vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics.
- Kaiser Family Foundation Donor Funding for the Global Novel Coronavirus Response
- EU Member States can now apply for additional funding through the Emergency Support Instrument which provides 220 million Euros to support the transport of medical items and personnel, and the transfer of patients affected by COVID-19.
- The European Commission has granted two budget support programs worth 54 million Euros overall to the Central African Republic. The aid is to assist and shore up public expenditure negatively affected by COVID-19.
World Health Organization:
- Developed a Situation Dashboard
- Provides daily Situation Reports
- Provides a database of publications on COVID-19
- Provides Travel advice
- Shares Technical Guidance for country-level coordination; case management; risk communication; points of entry; surveillance; infection prevention; operational support; and more
- Teams are traveling to affected areas, such as China and Iran, to assist with state government responses.
- Interim guidance on public health and social measures for COVID-19 preparedness and response in low capacity and humanitarian settings
- News release: WHO and European Investment Bank strengthen efforts to combat COVID-19 and build resilient health systems to face future pandemics
**Beware of criminals pretending to be WHO, or US Government officials. If you are contacted by anyone, be sure to verify their authenticity before responding or sharing any personal information. You can verify if communication is legitimate by contacting the government agency or multilateral organization directly.
This post was written by Rebecca Daedalus, Advocacy & Community Partnerships Coordinator, and Kiki Kalkstein, Director of Advocacy and Engagement.