US’ $450 Million Pledge For Vaccines Will Save 4 Million Children’s Lives

This past Monday, the Obama administration pledged to commit $450 million over the next three years to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI). That’s exactly the amount GAVI had asked for, notes grassroots advocacy organization ONE says. The funding will provide vaccines for more than 250 million children, preventing 4 million premature childhood deaths and untold amount of suffering from diseases likes pneumonia and diarrhea.

As the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said in a GAVI press release:

“Today is an important moment in our collective commitment to protecting children in developing countries from disease. But every 20 seconds, a child still dies of a vaccine-preventable disease. There’s more work to be done.

You, Care2 members, helped to save the lives of those 4 million children. More than 50,000 Care2 members from across the country signed ONE’s petition to the White House. A couple of weeks ago, a call went out for you to tweet @WhiteHouse to pledge to save 4 million kids with vaccines — Care2 members went to their keyboards and that commitment made a different, as USAID Administrator Raj Shah and the White House says. Here’s a message from Administrator Shah himself:

The work is not done, as Congress still has to approve the pledge. Please stay tuned and be ready to spread the word that, as ONE says, “vaccines are the best buy in public health.”


A huge thank you to members who signed the petition to stop preventable diseases from killing children!


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Latonya W.
Latonya W6 years ago

Staying tuned......

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

So important -- FOUR MILLION children's lives, for so little money. Though many of us are hurting here, we're still a rich nation that can afford to vaccinate children to save their lives.

Elena Arutiunova
Elena Arutiunova6 years ago


Tiny H.
Tiny Chan6 years ago

Everyone has the right to live.

Ambi Victoria
Ambi Victoria6 years ago

Quote from Amy D: "I am so sick and tired of our government thinking it has to save the world and all of the human beings on the planet"

Dont we all wish our government would care to save the world and all our human beings in the U.S. and outside? That would be in a perfect world, but in reality, if the gov.were given a sole choice without public citizen imput we'd all be in the same predicament as these less than poor 3rd world countries. There is always an alter agenda of personal gain with our world leaders at our expense, no matter what they lead us to believe.
Over many years there have been many celebrities and prominate people who have generously donated more than enough money to help poor people of third world countries, however it was never given to these people and its purpose was never served. Not to mention some if not all of these countries, especially Africa had their own riches stolen from them among other things and their own medicines destroyed.
Product of the ill results.
Helping others is helping ourselves and if you really feel this way, why are you on a site dedicated to helping others worldwide?

carlee trent
carlee trent6 years ago


Mansur Reza
Mansur Reza6 years ago

Signed and Thanks

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

All beings need to live in dignity, and justice. That includes food and medicine. We are all one species, and in my understanding brothers and sisters to each other. As far as some people being upset about helping other people in the planet, they should step in the others foot prints for a while. Greedy ultra businesses have been trying to take over not only our government, but the rest of the other countries government. The 'take over' has been going on for a long time. Most people are waking up to see this is happening. We are ion a a mess, but please remember there are more of us then there is of them. I saw a film of the up rising in was amazing. Hundreds of thousands of people fighting for a fair and equal say in their part of the world. And nothing was in the news about it here. Vote for real people doing real governing, and don't buy any thing from the ultra rich any more then you have to. We are the real driving force, don't let them fool you.

Alexis P.

Your condemnation of vaccines in third-world countries is incredibly irresponsible. They do work and they save millions of lives. I agree that countries like America and organizations like the World Bank are responsible directly or indirectly for much of their plight and lack of viable infrastructure and proper distribution of wealth to the native population, but to deny people life-saving vaccines when possible is handing them a probable death sentence. You do YOUR research.

Scott Freewheeler

How about taking care of peoples basic needs or not allowing the IMF hitmen to destroy their economies in the first instance.

Vaccines are a con. They always have been. They don't work and they are toxic. Cancer and Autism are through the roof in highly vaccinated countries. Just give the 450 million directly to the poor in these countries or build permanent water resources and invest in organic farming instead of deadly toxins to make them ill and sterilise them but that would never happen. They have no intention of helping these people; they are with the ones that caused this nightmare in the first place.

People need clean water, food and shelter but what do they get? Mercury and GMO diseased monkey testicles injected into their bloodstreams instead. How generous. Why would they do that? Because they are kind or because they want to get rid of those people or dumb them down enough so that they won't rebel against the monsters that have led their countries into the mess they are in.

Do some proper research away from the CFR propaganda (mass media) and start to be more suspicious.