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Statement from José Luis Castro, President and CEO, Vital Strategies, on New York Governor Cuomo and Mike Bloomberg’s Announcement Today on New Nation-Leading Contact Tracing Program to Control COVID-19 Infection Rate:

“Vital Strategies is proud to join Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Mike Bloomberg in their ambitious new contact tracing program, which we hope will serve as a catalyst for other life-saving efforts to address COVID-19 across the U.S.  

An essential public health tool, country-wide contact testing and tracing will be critical to controlling the infection rate of COVID-19 and will ultimately save lives. Using the best tools available, it is crucial that we engage the public in this effort to make rapid progress in protecting and improving the health of our communities – particularly our most vulnerable. 

Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO of our Resolve to Save Lives initiative, has been recommending four essential actions to “box in” the virus and gradually reopen society. The detailed Box It In report outlines the critical need to trace contacts of people with COVID-19 through hundreds of thousands of contact tracers in order to get ahead of the pandemic.

We are honored to provide our expertise and assist with this nation-leading program, which will stem the unfolding health and economic harms of this unprecedented pandemic.”

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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About Resolve to Save Lives

Resolve to Save Lives is a five-year, $225 million initiative funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gates Philanthropy Partners, which is funded with support from the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation. It is led by Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is part of the global organization Vital Strategies. To find out more visit: or Twitter @ResolveTSL

Media Contacts:

Christina Honeysett, Vital Strategies:; +1.914.424.3356

Erin Sykes, Resolve to Save Lives:; +1.646.612.0001