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article imageUK government pledge millions in vaccination funding

By Jane Fazackarley     Jun 14, 2011 in Politics
Ministers, officials and CEOs gathered in London on Monday for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) summit. The aim of the meeting was to raise funding for vital vaccinations.
The initial aim of the conference was to raise $3.7 billion for the vaccines. The summit ended with $4.3 billion being pledged. The vaccinations will help prevent children dying of pneumonia and diarrhoea - two of the biggest killers of children in the third world.
The UK government hosted the conference along with the government of Liberia and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Speaking at the conference, David Cameron said:
"Frankly the idea of children dying from pneumonia and diarrhoea should be absolutely unthinkable in 2011."
"In addition to our existing support for GAVI we will contribute £814 million of new funding up to 2015. This will help vaccinate over 80 million children and save 1.4 million lives. That is one child vaccinated every two seconds for five years. That is one child’s life saved every two minutes."
GAVI was first set up in 1999 with a $750 million grant which was made available by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder turned philanthropist, was in attendance at the meeting yesterday. Gates has pledged additional funding for GAVI.
Speaking yesterday, Bill Gates said:
"For the first time in history, children in developing countries will receive the same vaccines against diarrhea and pneumonia as children in rich countries."
“Together we must do more to ensure that all children – no matter where they live – have equal access to life-saving vaccines.”
Among the countries pledging money yesterday were Japan and Brazil. As a result of the summit GAVI now have $7.16 billion in resources which will cover the period until 2015. According to their website, GAVI have paid for the vaccinations of over 288 million children and prevented over five million early deaths.
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