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$500m investment in poor countries' health systems will boost vaccination

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39111.668044.DB (Published 01 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:225
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Davos, Switzerland

    Vaccination programmes prevented more than 2.3 million premature deaths between 2000 and the end of 2006, show figures released last week by the public-private Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI).

    “The results show that the GAVI has proven concepts, and we're delivering the vaccines, saving lives, and getting coverage in the poorest, and some of the toughest, environments in the world,” said Julian Lob-Levyt, executive secretary of the alliance.

    Since its creation at the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in 2000, the alliance has committed over $2.6bn (£1.3bn; €2bn) to support national immunisation programmes in more than 70 countries.

    New projections of data from the World Health Organization, a member of the alliance, show that …

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