Governments unite to fund vaccine for poor countries

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 15 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:335
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. London

    The United Kingdom and other leading Western countries are providing £750m (€1130m; $1460m) to speed up the development of a vaccine against pneumococcal disease, one of the leading causes of death among children in the developing world.

    It is expected that the fund, which is backed by Italy, the UK, Norway, Russia, and Canada as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will pay for 100 million vaccinations and could prevent 5.4 million deaths by 2030.

    The chancellor of the exchequer, Gordon Brown, was among a number of leading ministers in Rome last week at the official launch of …

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