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London vaccination summit is “milestone in global health”

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3766 (Published 14 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3766
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

A conference held in London this week to commit pledges to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) far exceeded expectations, organisers said.

Donors committed a total of $4.3bn (£2.6bn; €3bn), exceeding the initial target of $3.7bn, enabling GAVI to “reach more children faster than planned and to accelerate the introduction of new vaccines.”

The latest pledges bring GAVI’s total available resources for the next five years to $7.6bn, which should see vaccination programmes such as those against rotavirus and pneumococcal infections being rolled out to more countries.

The alliance said that major public and private donors had “achieved a milestone in global health” by committing funding to vaccinate “more than 250 million of the world’s poorest children against life-threatening diseases by 2015 and …

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