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Global Fight against COVID-19

First reported in Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread rapidly, with hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of confirmed cases spanning most of the globe. With total fatalities surpassing both SARS (2003) and MERS (2012), the novel coronavirus has become one of the greatest global public health challenges of our time. 

With the global community more connected than ever before, the spread of the coronavirus jeopardizes the health and well-being and economies of all nations. The United States and China, as two of the world’s three most populous nations and the world’s two leading economies, need to lead the international effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus and to mitigate the negative global health and socioeconomic impacts. There is a Chinese saying, feng yu tong zhou, meaning “wind and rain, we all are in the same boat”; and there is a western saying, “united we stand, divided we fall.” The novel coronavirus respects no national boundaries, political affiliations, ethnicities or socioeconomic status—we are all in the same boat. But the very interconnectedness of people, resources and economies that makes the coronavirus such a threat is also precisely our greatest weapon against the outbreak!

The U.S.-China Coronavirus Action Network (CAN), chaired by Florence Fang, is activating all scientific, academic, industrial, non-profit and governmental resources available from and in both countries in a coordinated effort to address the key challenges of containing the virus. By combining the capacities and efforts of each and every one of our networks and pooling collective resources and operations together to take decisive actions in this fight, we stand the best chance of eliminating the threat of this virus as soon as possible. 

Join Us

The Bush China Foundation is calling on private sector companies, nonprofit organizations as well as private individuals in the United States and China as well as across the globe to join forces to combat the coronavirus. Whether you are an organization or an individual who already knows you have some resources to offer, or you want to help but don’t know where to start, you can make an impact today by joining the U.S.-China Coronavirus Action Network.

Take Action

1. Show your support and join the network.

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2. Share information. Let us know if you have resources or information that can aid in combating the coronavirus; and pass along information on CAN to your networks.

3. Collaborate. Leverage your resources, capacities and connections by working with other members of CAN.

4. Volunteer. Help us effectively and efficiently facilitate the many requests for aid and offers to assist. 

5. Give. Contribute financially to support the sustained activities of CAN.

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Previous Work on Infectious Diseases

The Bush China Foundation’s work on infectious diseases has its genesis in the first George H. W. Bush Conference on U.S.-China Relations. In 2003, nearly 100 Chinese researchers participated in discussions with researchers and scholars from all over the United States on collaborative research opportunities in various strategic areas, including global public health and the SARS epidemic.

For the past 17 years, the Bush China Conference has been on the cutting edge in facilitating innovative and relevant dialogues on the topic of U.S.-China cooperation on infectious diseases. In 2015, the Bush China Conference focused exclusively on the critical role of the two countries in preventing, preparing for and responding to emerging infectious diseases and pandemics. Since establishing its first permanent full-time staff team in 2019, the Bush China Foundation has already made significant progress in deepening the effectiveness of its efforts on infectious diseases with the goal of transforming this innovative topic matter into palpable actions and results that improve people’s lives.

Below are some examples of the many pathbreaking dialogues on U.S.-China cooperation on infectious diseases that the Foundation has organized over the years:


SARS: Crisis and Opportunity of Global Public Health


Emerging Infectious Diseases in China


Health Forum: Emerging Health Issues associated with the Rural- Urban Continuum


Environmental Pollution, Food Safety, and Infectious Diseases in the Rural-Urban Continuum: New Emerging Challenges and Collaboration between United States and China

Long-Term Disaster Recovery and Resiliency in China and the United States: Toward a Framework for Comparative Disaster Research


Public Health Preparedness in the Developing World: How do China and the U.S. Provide Leadership?

National Strategies for Readiness and Resilience

The Ebola Outbreak: Insights from the Front Line

The Role of Corporate Programs in Global Health Preparedness and Response

Intersection of Infectious Diseases and Environmental Health: A Global Perspective on Clean Air, Safe Food, and Water

New Frontiers in Anti-Infective Natural Products: Science, Regulation, and Opportunities for Commercial Translation

Monitoring Health Remotely- Implications for Outbreak Epidemiology to Improving Chronic Health Conditions

Novel Technologies for Combating Tuberculosis in China, the United States, and Around the Globe