Editorial Page Editor Jon Bauer’s enlightening commentary about the life and death issue of getting vaccines to the children of the world must lead to action. (Nov. 2, “Doctor has seen success of delivering vaccines to Tanzania.”) The fact that 1.28 million deaths (mostly children) could be prevented each year is astounding. But knowing we could do something to save these lives is even more important.
By asking our elected officials to make an American pledge of $250 million a year for the next four years, we can save these lives. This pledge would inspire others to help Gavi reach its funding goal and continue its sustainable work. Reps. Larsen and DelBene are to be thanked for already supporting this initiative, but the more they hear from us about Gavi funding, the stronger they will be able to support it. Make a call or email to our elected officials to support Gavi. This is democracy in action, that will result in saving millions of children’s lives in the process.