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VACCINES: US must do its fair share to save children

Letter by Eric W. Luria, M.D., Gig Harbor on Oct. 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm | No Comments »
October 21, 2014 4:21 pm

Ebola has been in the news daily for weeks. This is a frightening illness, but much more devastating is the 20,000 children who die every day in Third World countries.

Right now we have vaccines that would dramatically reduce these numbers. Through GAVI, the vaccine alliance of which the United States is a member, we have an opportunity to help provide vaccinations to these children.

Ebola has no vaccine yet and is not preventable, but the U.S. can do its part by pledging $250 million per year for the next four years and save 6.6 million children annually from certain death. This is a small fraction of what we are spending just to equip hospitals to treat Ebola, which so far has only been found in three people in our entire country.

Please do your part and contact the offices of President Obama and your members of Congress asking that our government to do its fair share with other Western countries to raise a total of $7.5 billion over f0ur years to vaccinate 300 million children and dramatically reduce unnecessary deaths.

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