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VACCINES: Funding will save lives, earn good will for U.S.

Letter by Donna Schindler Munro, Bremerton on May 16, 2011 at 11:09 am with 20 Comments »
May 16, 2011 11:09 am

I was happy to see the article (TNT, 5-14) on retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s address to 15,000 people at the Tacoma Dome, urging us to “be the spark” in creating a better world. “It’s not that we have to be doing spectacular things,” he said.

We live in a global village, and as private citizens we can take proactive actions.
For instance, there are two new vaccines available now, one for pneumonia and one for diarrhea-causing rotavirus. Pneumonia and diarrhea are leading causes of death of young children in poor countries. Getting these two vaccines to 44 nations could save 4 million kids by 2015.

Why should we care? Disease ravages households and villages in many poor countries, nurturing instability. GAVI alliance (formerly Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization) has already inoculated 300 million kids in the past 10 years for other diseases, but needs funding for this new vaccine campaign.

Congress needs to pledge $450 million over the next three years for GAVI. This will leverage huge returns in millions of lives saved and good will earned.

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  1. walkineasy says:

    Donna, I understand your concern for children in the poorer countries in the world. But I strongly feel that the $450 million you propose to send to foreign countries to help these children be spent right here in our country to fund child health care and/or build and improve inner-city schools thus improving the lives of American children.

    When our Congress won’t pass health care or provide breakfasts or lunches for American children, we shouldn’t be spending millions on children in other parts of the world.

    Good will, balony. We give trillions in foreign aid every year and a majority of foreign countries still hate us. Time for that money to begin staying right here to help our own and pay down our debt!

  2. Very well said Walkineasy. We are in a crisis in our own country, we need to get ourselves back on our feet. Only then would we be in a better position to help those in need in foreign countries.

  3. I agree with walkineasy.

  4. Roncella says:

    walkingeasy, You make alot of sense in your post.

    But some folks seem to be filled with guilt about so many things, they are blinded to the fact there is a limit to what the U.S. can afford to do for other Countries, especiallly right now with condition our Countries Budget is currently in.

  5. I wonder how many cases of autism we could provide for $450 million?

  6. alindasue says:

    If we as a country can afford to spend billions of dollars every year on creating and building new ways for us to blow each other up, we should be able to come up with mere millions of dollars to keep children both here and abroad from dying from preventable illnesses.

  7. alindasue says:

    Leper said, “I wonder how many cases of autism we could provide for $450 million? ”

    There are many causes of autism. Rarely, if ever, are vaccinations one of them.

  8. sue1234 says:

    Guess what?! Cut DOD budget and stop tax breaks for oil companies and we have enough money to do BOTH!

    As long as we have the republican cultmembers in our government, nothing will be done.

  9. slasmith says:

    Until our national debt equals zero we cannot afford to support other nations!

  10. slasmith says:

    Would any of you morgtage your home to pay your neighbors medical bills without any chance of repayment?

  11. Publico says:

    Republicans only know one thing. If it’s punitive, do it.
    Maybe I should say two things for some of them; vaccines and the autism connection that does not exist, for example, indicates a strong anti-intellectualism which is another definition of stupid.
    What the heck, I might as well include the deniers in there too. More science they cannot live with.
    Their abortion stance is already covered in the first line.

  12. Publico says:

    slasmith says he does not have the slightest clue about how the National Debt works when he suggests that it should be zero.

  13. nonstopjoe says:

    By saving lots of kids using $450 million for vaccines, the U.S. will have to spend many times that amount to support the kids as adults.

  14. The vaccine/autism connection was shown to be a virtual hoax perpetrated by quacks and popularized by Hollywood “experts” —

    For those of you who want to weaken our national defense in order to send help to others, you demonstrate naivete of the worst sort. Do you honestly not realize that you have lived in the safest place on earth BECAUSE of our national defense; because we have the finest military in the world?

    Finally, sending aid to children abroad and taking care of children in the U.S. need not be mutually exclusive. And caring for the innocent IS the responsibility of all compassionate human beings.

  15. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    Well said, sozo. While I think there should be room in our hearts for the innocents of the world, I also believe there are many private organizations in the US that operate on the true charity of Americans, and do a much better job of conveying our charitable intent and good will than the US government.

    And any notion that history would show government aid to foreign countries has been more beneficial to our freedom than defense spending is beyond naive.

  16. Roncella says:

    Sozo, You are so right. These wing nut liberals seem to be living in some sort of dream world of their own.

    They can’t see the danger from Iran, Pakistan, North Korea extreme violent muslims, so many mid-eastern counties in turmoil. They want to weaken our Military and the folks who serve, risking their lifes for all of us.

  17. slasmith says:

    Publico says that their math skills were learned in public school where getting the right answer is not important.

    Try to follow this simple logic publico, no debt equalls no interest payments which means we can actually spend our money on things that make a difference to all of us or perhaps we might be able to be selfish enough to actually afford lowering taxes.

  18. slasmith, try to buy something really expensive without having all the cash on hand, like your house. For the government, it would be a couple thousand fighter jets for example or a financial rescue package to keep the economy from totally tanking and destroying a lot more than we have already suffered.
    If anything, taxes should be higher for a lot of folks. The total tax load is lower than it has been for close to 60 years. That’s another valid part of the deficit that conservatives refuse to asknowledge.

  19. Roncella says:

    Publico, nothing or no one stops you from paying extra taxes when you file your income tax forms.

    Nothing stops you from writing a big fat check to the State of Washington attention Gregoire, Dear governor find enclosed money to help you pay all the bills.

  20. The previous comment was brought to you by the something for nothing crowd.

    We can pay more so that Roncella can pay less.

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