President Trump said Friday he would ask lawmakers for $1.3 billion in additional money to expand and speed access to immunizations for uninsured and underinsured American children and young adults.
“Thanks to the commitment of government officials, American kids won’t have to wait any longer for a vaccine that has saved hundreds of thousands of lives around the world,” he said in a short statement.
Mr. Trump made the announcement during a White House meeting with members of the National Governors Association, as well as Sherwin Siy, the executive director of the Partnership for Prevention, a nonprofit organization.
“As a president who has made fighting addiction one of his top priorities, it’s great to see these governors working with their colleagues to prevent disease in America,” Mr. Trump said.
He also visited a clinic set up to give vaccinations to poor children, according to a White House spokeswoman.
Pfizer, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures the vaccines being provided to the Partnership for Prevention, has three years to study them for any side effects. Pfizer has said the first children vaccinated will begin to appear this fall.
In addition to the two vaccines, the expanded immunization plan will also allow vaccination for children under age 5 in areas where school and medical coverage are limited, according to an NIH fact sheet. This program will run until 2024.