On October 2, 2020, the US House of Representatives passed an updated HEROES Act (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act) to provide supplemental assistance related to COVID-19 and which contained US$9.0 billion for the international response. Since then, US President Donald Trump has issued contradictory statements on the status of the stimulus package negotiations.
After leaving the hospital, where he was being treated for COVID-19, Trump ended all talks on COVID-19 funding until after the election. Since then, he has called for piecemeal relief, which would not address the international response. Should this position prevail, it will have significant adverse effects on the COVID-19 global response, including on work to develop and distribute a vaccine and on other pandemic-related threats such as increased poverty and hunger.