Joe Biden

We are in a battle for the soul of America. It’s time to remember who we are. We’re Americans: tough and resilient. We choose hope over fear. Science over fiction. Truth over lies. And unity over division. We treat each other with dignity, we leave nobody behind, and we give hate no safe harbor. We are the United States of America. And together, there is not a single thing we cannot do.

“We’re building our team in communities all over the country. We’re organizing—because that’s how we will win this campaign.”

Joe Biden



CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concernexternal icon” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.

Source and Spread of the Virus

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2).

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. All three of these viruses have their origins in bats. The sequences from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir.

Early on, many of the patients at the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Later, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread. Person-to-person spread was subsequently reported outside Hubei and in countries outside China, including in the United States. Some international destinations now have apparent community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19, as do some parts of the United States. Community spread means some people have been infected and it is not known how or where they became exposed. Learn what is known about the spread of this newly emerged coronaviruses.

Protect the Animals

“When we look at the world through another animal’s eyes, we see that inside we’re all the same—and that we all deserve to live free from suffering,”​

Joaquin’s campaign also encourages everyone to help end speciesism,” which—like sexism, racism, and other forms of discrimination—is an oppressive belief that promotes the idea that all other animal species are inferior to humans.

Joaquin has lent his compassionate voice to a number of powerful Friends of Hope campaigns.

Puerto Rico Earthquakes

The Citizens of Puerto Rico are still suffering after the devastation of Hurricane Maria and now from a series of brutal earthquakes. After a string of horrible catastrophes – where 3.5 million U.S. citizens live and work – Puerto Rico is struggling to recover.

They face daily power outages and water rationing, as well as limited access to clean water. Thousands of people still have blue tarps on their home, and many lost their homes altogether from the earthquakes. Many senior citizens and children are left alone, without services and the care they need.

Friends of Hope International is in Puerto Rico, supporting government shelters, helping to care for the elderly and children, and going door to door checking on residents and delivering information and emergency supplies.

Australian Bushfires

Since June 2019, there have been many large bushfires burning across Australia, especially in the south east where a state of emergency was declared in New South Wales. As of 14 January 2020, fires this season have burnt an estimated 18.6 million hectares(46 million acres; 186,000 square kilometres; 72,000 square miles), destroyed over 5,900 buildings (including approximately 2,683 homes) and killed at least 35 people. An estimated one billion animals were also killed and some endangered species may be driven to extinction.

On 23 January, a Lockheed C-130 Hercules large air tanker crashed at Peak View near Cooma while waterbombing a blaze, resulting in the death of the three American crew members on board. It was one of 11 Large Air Tankers brought in for the fire season from Canada and US. This again brought the Australian fires to international attention, including a tweet from the US Vice President.

Friends of Hope International is on the ground aiding with recovery and evacuation efforts. they are also providing food, clothing and other necessities to affected families.

Haiti Earthquakes

On January 12, 2010, a powerful earthquake struck Haiti, destroying much of the capital Port-au-Prince, killing more than 250,000 people and leaving more than one million homeless.

Ten years later, the magnitude 7.0 earthquake continues to have consequences on the Western Hemisphere's poorest country. Amid endemic poverty, a string of natural disasters and an ongoing political crisis, the island and its people have struggled to recover and to rebuild.

More than six million Haitians live below the poverty line, according to the World Bank.

About half the country was undernourished last year, according to the UN, and nearly 3.7 million Haitians need urgent assistance to meet their daily food requirements.

Friends of Hope International's disaster relief and recovery work is very visible: hospitals and clinics (we have funded more than 50), schools (we have renovated or reconstructed more than 40), and housing (we have helped more than 164,800 people through safe housing and neighborhood recovery).

Hurricane Dorian

One of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded, Hurricane Dorian, devastated the Bahamas, leaving at least seven dead and tens of thousands of homes and businesses destroyed, according to reports. Entire communities have reportedly been “wiped out,” and aid agencies estimate that tens of thousands of people still need support.

Friends of Hope International is providing supplies such as tarps, hygiene products and hand-crank cellphone chargers for those affected in the Bahamas. In the U.S., the organization is preparing evacuation centers with cots, blankets and food while mobilizing emergency response vehicles.

Advances in HIV/AIDS treatment

The Union Health Ministry has planned to introduce a new drug for the treatment of patients suffering from HIV/AIDS. The New Drug To Treat HIV/AIDS should be available By February 2020

Dr Naresh Goel, Deputy Director-General of National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) told Friends of Hope: "Previously, we have been using the combination drug of TLE. But now, the health ministry has decided to use TLD combination drug - known as Dolutegravir. It has fewer side effects and tolerance is better."

Since 2010 Friends of Hope International has been playing a key role in fighting against the disease and reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the country and around the globe.

Cancer Research: What's new?

Cancer has likely been around as long as humans have. But over the years, our ability to test for the disease and treat it has greatly improved. More people who get cancer are living longer. Some are being cured.

Exciting advances are paving the way to better treatments and possibly more cures.

Friends of Hope International has been providing information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer.

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