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Fight against virus abroad just as important as home

Governor David Ige announced on Friday that Hawaii will drop all COVID-19 restrictions once 70 percent of its residents are fully vaccinated. With the “Hawaii Got Vaccinated” incentivizing campaign, this goal seems within reach.

But what does this look like in other places?

In low-income countries, campaigns like our own are unavailable. COVID-19 cases continue to climb, vaccines are not expected to roll out for several years and goals like ours in Hawaii are far from anyone’s reach.

However, with an investment in global health security, Congress can provide funding and international assistance to fight COVID-19 globally while simultaneously furthering U.S. national security.

As retired Admiral Stavridis and General Zinni state, “No matter how successful we are in fighting the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic at home, we will never stop it unless we are also fighting it around the world.”

The Borgen Project, an organization that works to end global poverty, believes supporting the COVAX initiative is important and can provide relief for countries with limited resources.

As an ambassador of this organization, I feel that the fight against the pandemic abroad is just as important as the fight at home and I hope you do also.

Lucy Dustman

Makawao

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