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Statement from Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, ahead of President Biden’s address to the nation

New York, USA - March 11, 2021

“As we mark the one-year anniversary of the pandemic declaration, the personal sacrifices and losses endured by millions in the United States and globally remind us that we are joined by our common humanity. This past year has proven that public health measures, science and effective communication are essential for safety and survival and will be essential to build back healthier and more prosperous societies. The more we work together, united in our fight against this virus and global health threats, the safer and healthier we will all be.”

About Resolve to Save Lives

Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of the global health organization Vital Strategies, focuses on preventing deaths from cardiovascular disease and preventing epidemics. It is led by Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To find out more, visit: or Twitter @ResolveTSL.

About Dr. Tom Frieden

Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the Obama administration, when he oversaw responses to the H1N1 influenza, Ebola and Zika epidemics, is President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, and Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations. Twitter: @DrTomFrieden.

About Vital Strategies

Vital Strategies is a global health organization that believes every person should be protected by a strong public health system. We work with governments and civil society in 73 countries to design and implement evidence-based strategies that tackle their most pressing public health problems. Our goal is to see governments adopt promising interventions at scale as rapidly as possible. To find out more, please visit or Twitter @VitalStrat.

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Christina Honeysett, Vital Strategies:; +1.914.424.3356

Erin Sykes, Resolve to Save Lives:; +1.646.612.0001

Steven Chlapecka, Resolve to Save Lives,, +1.917.623.0246