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Global Fight against COVID-19

COVID-19 is arguably the greatest global public health challenge of our time, jeopardizing the health and well-being and economies of the entire global community. The United States and China, as two of the world’s most populous nations and largest economies, need to lead the international effort to contain the further spread of COVID-19 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! 

Established in January 2020 and chaired by Florence Fang, the U.S.-China Coronavirus Action Network (CAN) activated scientific, academic, industrial, non-profit and governmental resources from 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 battling this virus and eliminating it as soon as possible.

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

Since 2003, the Bush China Conference has organized path-breaking dialogues between the United States and China on preventing, preparing for and responding to emerging infectious diseases and pandemics, with the 2015 conference focusing exclusively on this topic.

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