But, disappointingly, the United States has not yet joined in funding the first vaccine under this groundbreaking plan, even though the Bush administration worked with other countries to develop the Advance Market Commitment idea and made an earlier commitment to support it.That's why I have introduced the "Vaccines for the Future Act" to authorize the United States to contribute to the Advance Market Commitment for pneumococcal vaccines. Equally important, it will require the administration to develop a comprehensive strategy and commit to speed development, testing and distribution of life-saving vaccines through innovative financial incentives like the AMC.The pneumococcal vaccine is a good choice for the first AMC because these diseases kill an estimated 1.6 million people each year, up to one million of them children. Most of these deaths occur in developing countries; Africa is particularly hard hit.Lugar urges the Bush administration and Congress to support the AMCs through the "Vaccines for the Future Act" and in doing so, solve a "humanitarian problem that lends itself to a market-based solution."Cheers too to U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN), who plans to introduce the companion legislation to Lugar's "Vaccines for the Future Act of 2007" in the House of Representatives.
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