Letters to the Editor

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VACCINES: Make a difference in 2015

We must support the valuable work the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) is doing. Your article about GAVI official Alan Brooks and his work to this end (TNT, 1-2) was timely as an international conference will be held the end of January.

The organization aims to reach an additional 300 million children to save up to an estimated 6 million more lives. My RESULTS group is working to support this important cause. Readers can help by calling President Obama’s comment line at 888-869-8931 to encourage the bipartisan commitment of $250 million each of the next four years.



VACCINES: The best gift for the children of the world

Michael Gerson’s column (TNT, 12-21) explains so clearly how Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is the best gift for the children of the world. Although Gavi has already vaccinated nearly half a billion children worldwide, there are still many needing protection from vaccine-preventable diseases like pneumonia and diarrhea.

To ensure they receive their gift, please call President Obama at (888) 869-8931 to add your voice in urging him to support a bipartisan U.S. commitment of $250 million each year over four years at the upcoming pledging conference. Our voices matter!


TORTURE: Use GAVI to fight terrorism

The news is full of stories regarding the torture of supposed enemies of our country. Maybe it is time that we as a nation try alternatives in maintaining national security.

I am reminded of something my grandmother was fond of repeating, “You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” There is a lot of wisdom and truth that comes from these adages handed down through generations. The message was clear to me: Use kind methods rather than unkind methods in dealing with people.

There is a group that is out there in the world every day using “nice” methods to

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VACCINES: US must do its fair share to save children

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

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FOREIGN AID: U.S. can help children around the world

People in the streets of Nairobi will be singing praises to the U.S. for help in saving their children from death by pneumococcal disease and rotavirus. Each year 800,000 and 500,000 deaths respectively around the world. If the U.S. pledges funds next week at the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) as developing and other donor governments and non-governmental organizations will do; we will be well remembered all over the world.

GAVI is focused on rapidly increasing access to new vaccines as they become available and in keeping the costs down. If the U.S. will pledge $450 million over

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

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

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