With the COVID-19 virus continuing to cause damage around the world and here in the United States, the time is now for more action from the federal government. Until a vaccine is readily available, the virus is still a threat to everyone.

While it is often easy to look at the virus as a problem here at home, the virus is threatening regions that do not have the resources required to handle the virus. While the CARES Act included very little funding for COVID-19 foriegn aid. Poor countries that do not have the infrastructure to combat the virus need funding from powerful nations like the United States. Poverty rates have been on a steady decline for decades, however without the proper support, the work that has been done is in jeopardy.

I urge Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to ensure that there is $12 billion in the next federal response bill that would help fund global health programs and economic and humanitarian aid in the developing world. Helping other developing countries lessens the threat of future waves of the virus, while also helping to maintain US business markets.

The funds from the next bill would show that the United States is still a world leader and answers the call in times of crisis.

Zachary Laird

Medina

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