Letter: We must invest in global health security

Published: 2/23/2021 12:01:23 AM

Later this month, I’ll be meeting virtually with New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Reps. Chris Pappas and Annie Kuster to discuss the need for additional investments in global health security.

Research from Northeastern University shows that vaccine hoarding and inequitable vaccine distribution could lead to twice as many COVID-19 deaths. That’s why it’s critical that Congress supports global efforts to distribute vaccines and invest at least $20 billion in fighting COVID-19 globally, including funding for proven health programs like the Global Fund and CEPI.

For years, Republicans and Democrats in Congress have supported global health programs like the Global Fund, which have saved millions of lives from preventable diseases. It’s imperative that these lawmakers who have supported global health efforts in the past once again support these critical programs now.

Promoting global access to COVID-19 vaccines isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do to end this pandemic as quickly as possible here in the United States and around the world. New Hampshire congressional leaders can help bring a faster end to this pandemic by supporting $20 billion in global COVID-19 response funding, which will be used to support proven global health programs and help defeat this global pandemic everywhere.

VICTORIA EASTMAN

Dunbarton




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