Regarding the Jan. 28 news brief “ $7.5 billion pledged for poor children’s vaccinations”: Good news in the paper should be celebrated.
The article acknowledging Gavi, the vaccine alliance’s successful funding replenishment conference, highlights what can be accomplished when a thriving public-private partnership produces phenomenal results and sets out ambitious goals for the future.
I applaud the U.S. administration’s robust pledge in support of Gavi’s goal of reducing preventable child deaths in poorer countries through providing access to the childhood vaccines we take for granted.
Many thanks also to North Carolina’s four Republican and two Democrat members of the U.S. House who voiced strong support for Gavi leading up to the pledging conference.
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Contributions from the United States, other donor countries and private organizations will leverage the investments of recipient countries themselves to enable vaccine delivery. Through these pledges, Gavi is now on track to immunize an additional 300 million children against preventable diseases, saving an estimated 5 million to 6 million lives.
I urge all members of Congress to support one of the most cost-effective ways to save children’s lives and strengthen struggling health systems.
Heather B. Stein