COVID-19 Action Initiative

The American Lung Association's $25M initiative to end COVID-19 and defend against future respiratory virus pandemics.

The COVID-19 Action Initiative will be used to:


free lung health education and masks to those in need.


public health by advocating for COVID and flu vaccines in underserved communities of color.


future outbreaks by investing in respiratory virus research

The COVID-19 Action Initiative is investing in research, education, advocacy and coalition over the next three years. 

Expanding Medical Research

A cornerstone of the COVID-19 Action Initiative will be leveraging our existing research network and funding respiratory virus research.

We plan to do this by:

  • Expanding COVID-19 research within the current studies of the Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) Network;
  • Funding Coronavirus Awards and Grants for preventive research, vaccines, antivirals and to advance future outbreak preparedness;
  • Providing ACRC pilot grants to evaluate the effect of COVID-19 on patients with chronic lung disease.

Learn more about our COVID-19 research efforts.

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Public Health Measures

Will allocate funds to provide free lung health education and masks to those in need. Education includes raising awareness of lifesaving COVID and flu vaccinations. Advocacy efforts will focus on addressing racial health disparities and ensuring all Americans have access to quality and affordable healthcare.

Leading Public and Private Forces for Good

We will convene government, private industry and public health organizations to form a coalition that ensures: Better preparedness to meet the virus outbreaks of the future. Increased research collaboration to develop effective vaccines, faster detection tests and new treatments.

COVID-19 Action Initiative Programs

COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker

Follow our COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker for fact-based information to help you stay informed about the safety and availability of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Cleveland Clinic Healthcare Provider Training

With Cleveland Clinic, we are sponsoring free advanced training to healthcare providers to care for critically ill patients in a variety of clinical settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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COVID-19 Testing

Our partner, CVS Health, has established more than 1,000 locations across the country offering COVID-19 testing, with the goal of processing up to 1.5 million tests per month, subject to availability of supplies and lab capacity. Make your appointment online today.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit

We are proud to work with our partners to provide culturally relevant, science-based, factual guides about COVID-19 vaccination.
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COVID-19 Town Halls

Our COVID-19 Town Hall Series brings top experts together to share information on new findings and recent developments.
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COVID-19 Citizen Science Study

In partnership with Northwestern Medicine and University of California-San Francisco, we've joined the COVID-19 Citizen Science smartphone-based effort.
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COVID-19 Advisory Panel

Experts in science, medicine, public health, behavioral sciences and law will convene to help address the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Watch our star-studded benefit, hosted by QUEEN LATIFAH, on demand and support the COVID-19 Action Initiative.
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COVID-19 Research Awards

Inaugural COVID-19 and Respiratory Virus Research Award helping to advance research against emerging respiratory pathogens.
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Get Involved in the COVID-19 Action Initiative

You can help support the COVID-19 Action Initiative! Every gift will help support our efforts to stop COVID-19 in its tracks. You can make your gift today or, if you are interested in discussing a major or transformational gift, please contact us.

Thank You To Our Partners

Stay Informed

View information and resources about coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including symptoms, treatment and FAQs.
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Page last updated: September 22, 2021

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