July 2020 Laser Talk: Ask Congress for a Global Response to the Pandemic
Engage: I’m calling/writing to ask the Senator/Representative to protect U.S. investments in global health and U.S. leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Problem: COVID-19 is having a devastating impact in low-income nations, and current projections put 80 million children at risk from missing vaccinations and a spike in tuberculosis cases and deaths. Global hunger and malnutrition could also double.
Inform: But increasing U.S. support to existing global health programs to ramp up service, create alternative methods of delivery, and prepare for the production and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine could make all the difference. We need a global response to the global COVID-19 pandemic when Congress returns from recess on July 20.
Call to Action: Will you please write and speak to Senate/House leadership and ask that they include at least $20 billion for international development in any COVID-19 supplemental bill, including:
- $4 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria over 2 years,
- $4 billion for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance,
- $2 billion for Anti-Hunger efforts, with at least $500 million for Nutrition?