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If you haven’t heard already, Global Citizen made some waves at this year’s Republican and Democratic National Conventions. The Conventions are traditionally a place for domestic policy discussions, but Global Citizen in partnership with Pfizer, saw the opportunity to globally transform the conversation and call attention to U.S. funding for vaccines, polio eradication, and children’s health.
Both events brought together industry professionals, civil society, and government representatives to speak seriously about the challenges and hope for global health improvements. The events were successful in that Global Citizen and Pfizer garnered renewed support for U.S. investments abroad.
Our mission to end extreme poverty by 2030 will only be realized if the international community comes together to strengthen health systems and provide lifesaving vaccinations. Both the public and private sectors play undeniably critical roles to invest in the research, development and distribution of vaccinations. We heard their encouraging words at both Conventions.
Albert Bourla of Pfizer spoke, at both Conventions, about the company’s commitment to provide every child with its 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. Every year, Pfizer’s programs impact 150 million lives.
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At the Democratic National Convention, Senator Chris Coons spoke to his responsibility as an elected official to act for global change. As a Senator, he is most motivated to act on an issue when he hears that it matters to his constituents. That’s why he’s grateful for the work of organizations like Global Citizen. By “making it cool to care,” Global Citizen mobilizes young people to channel many voices into one.
The discussions in Cleveland and Philadelphia dove into the most important details of global health from women’s undeniably critical role as health providers in remote areas to the sheer cost-effectiveness of vaccines in the U.S.
The conversation must continue to develop alongside impactful action and financial commitment. Global health and foreign aid must be a key pillar of any U.S. foreign policy agenda.
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Annika Reno, Global Citizen U.S. Policy and Advocacy associate contributed to this article.
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