Fund Global Vaccination Efforts
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Urge Congress to fully fund global childhood immunizations. Every 20 seconds, a child dies from vaccine-preventable disease, resulting in 1.5 million deaths every year, and accounting for nearly a third of all childhood deaths. Vaccines are one of the safest, most cost-effective ways to save children’s lives, improve healthcare systems, and reach a goal of long-term economic stability.
Funding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s polio eradication and measles elimination programs through the Health and Human Services appropriations bill, and funding the US Agency for International Development (USAID), UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance) programs through the State Department/Foreign Operations appropriations bill will deliver childhood immunizations and save millions of lives. These efforts also improve global disease detection systems that enable other nations to effectively detect and efficiently respond to a range of other diseases. Stopping diseases at their source is the most cost-effective approach, saves the most lives, and makes the world more resilient to new viruses that could cause the next pandemic.
We must not let COVID-19 jeopardize decades of progress in global childhood immunization. We know immunization saves lives. UNICEF procures vaccines that reach almost half of the world’s children. The World Health Organization coordinates emergency response. USAID focuses on economic development and especially programs for women and girls. There is an extensive international collaboration and coordination among United Nations agencies such as UNICEF, multilateral partners like Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the countries themselves. Federal funding from Congress is critical.