Policy Update

Once a proud leader in global health, US is all but absent from international pandemic response efforts

Following last week's passage of the massive US$2.2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, which was largely focused on domestic economic and health concerns, the US development community has started to push for a more robust US global response. Historically, the US has been a leader in global pandemic response, but the current situation has been marked by a stark lack of US involvement on the global stage in either coordination efforts or high-level funding.

Development stakeholders say that some lawmakers are already starting to think about the necessity for additional funding bills that address global health security, food insecurity, and other areas of need. There is concern, however, about the appetite for more significant spending in light of the size of the appropriations bill just signed and the conservative government's attitude towards multilateral cooperation at large.

News article - Devex