June 5, 2020
Statement on Global Vaccine Summit
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Statement from Chris Collins, President of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, on the Global Vaccine Summit:
“Friends applauds Gavi and the international community for a very successful funding replenishment. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has shown the world what is possible when countries commit to helping all children grow up free of preventable disease. At the Global Vaccine Summit this week, world leaders exceeded pledging targets and raised $8.8 billion for Gavi. This means 300 million more children in the world’s poorest countries will be immunized against diseases like measles, polio and diphtheria. This new funding will also help strengthen health systems against new threats like COVID-19. Friends is heartened to see this strong stance of global solidarity and we applaud world leaders for stepping up to the challenge.”
ABOUT FRIENDS OF THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA: Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria advocates for U.S. support of the Global Fund, and the goal to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. For more information about Friends of the Global Fight, visit www.theglobalfight.org.