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History has taught us that responding to infectious disease outbreaks such as HIV, Ebola, malaria, and Zika require a whole-of-society response. The U.S. Department of State recognizes that public health crises have multi-faceted impacts on affected countries and require a multi-sectoral response. In addition to our bilateral and multilateral partnerships with other governments and international organizations, we seek to coordinate and collaborate with the private sector, non-profits, foundations, corporations, and academic and research institutions to address concerns and fill gaps in our response to effectively fight COVID-19 internationally.

We need to communicate clearly, with each other and with the public, in the face of this global pandemic. We want to encourage the innovation, creativity, and problem-solving capabilities that the private sector have to offer. We need to redouble our efforts and work together to implement a whole-of-society response to effectively resolve a crisis that has affected the whole world.

We will be hosting virtual convenings to discuss this initiative in more detail in the coming months, with the first event taking place in January 2021. The virtual convenings will address the following questions:

  • What activities is your organization undertaking with respect to the pandemic?
  • What countries or regions are you working in?
  • What resources or contributions you have you committed thus far?
  • How can the Department best support your work?

Please contact us for more details: Please limit your responses to no more than two pages. Questions can also be sent to the same address.

For all COVID-19 related resources, please visit the Department of State’s Coronavirus page at and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) page at

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