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McCollum, Brooks Introduce Bipartisan Resolution in Support of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance

February 25, 2020
Press Release
Global Health Caucus Co-Chairs Highlight Life-Saving Success of Vaccines Worldwide

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) and Congresswoman Susan Brooks (IN-05), Co-Chairs of the Global Health Caucus, have introduced a resolution in support of the live-saving work of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance. H.Res.861 highlights GAVI’s twenty years of success in saving the lives of children in the world’s poorest countries by improving access to new and underutilized vaccines. Since 2000, 760 million children have received immunizations, preventing the deaths of more than 13 million people.

The resolution affirms the United States’ continued support for GAVI’s work to end preventable maternal and child deaths, and encourages continued commitment and investment to GAVI. In August 2019, GAVI launched its third replenishment cycle with an ambitious goal of fundraising $7.4 billion to immunize an additional 300 million children in the 2021-2025 period. U.S. support is critical to help reach that goal and save up to 8 million lives.

Congresswoman Betty McCollum released the following statement:
“I’m proud to introduce H.Res.861 to recognize, celebrate, and recommit to the success of GAVI and the United States’ role in ensuring continued progress in ending preventable maternal and child deaths,” Rep. McCollum said.Vaccines are one of the most efficient and cost-effective interventions in global health, and GAVI’s work has saved millions of lives and helped reduce poverty. With continued U.S. leadership and long-term commitment, we can achieve better, brighter futures for more people, families, and communities around the world. I want to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for joining me in support of these important efforts. Together, we can help ensure every child – regardless of where they are born – has the opportunity to thrive.”

Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks added:
“The United States government has proudly supported GAVI since its founding 20 years ago, and has continued to support the alliance every year since,” Rep. Brooks said. “Children are the world’s most valuable resources. Governments around the world should prioritize funding for GAVI to ensure that all children have continued access to affordable vaccines. We must continue to fund this crucial alliance to prevent illnesses, which not only keeps our children healthy and safe but delivers economic benefits globally.”

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), an original co-sponsor of the resolution, stated:
“Vaccines are critical in our fight to end preventable diseases around the globe,” Rep. Lee said. “As a member of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations subcommittee, I have long fought to prioritize funding for life-saving programs like GAVI. We must continue to fund this important program to ensure everyone – regardless of where they live – can lead safe and healthy lives.”

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), an original co-sponsor of H.Res.861, added:
“As an FBI Agent, one of my greatest concerns has always been the welfare of children; not just children in the United States but children across the globe. No child’s life should be at risk because of curable, preventable diseases,” Rep. Fitzpatrick said. “Through GAVI’s work, the developing world has become more capable of preventing disease and improving pediatric care. I encourage all of my colleagues to support this resolution, and let children around the world know that we care about their health and well-being.”

Background:

  • The full text of H.Res.861 can be found here.
  • Original co-sponsors of the bill are Rep. Susan W. Brooks (R-IN-05); Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA-13); Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01); Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA-09); and Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL-03). A full list of co-sponsors can be found here.
  • The resolution is endorsed by: PATH, Save The Children, RESULTS, UN Foundation Shot@Life campaign, ONE Campaign, and World Vision.
  • More information about the GAVI Alliance is available here.

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Contact:
Amanda Yanchury, 202-225-6631 (McCollum)
Savannah Kerstiens, 202-225-0016 (Brooks)