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# UK chancellor announces new type of fund to provide $4bn vaccine aid BMJ 2005; 331 (Published 15 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:593 1. Zosia Kmietowicz 1. London Gordon Brown, the United Kingdom's chancellor of the exchequer, launched a unique funding initiative last week that will provide an extra$4bn (£2.2bn; €3.3bn) to step up immunisation programmes in developing countries over the next 10 years. The initiative should save an estimated five million children's lives.

Mr Brown has been lobbying for support for the plan, which is called the international finance facility for immunisation, since he came up with the idea in January 2003. He described the scheme as a “breakthrough” in aid that …

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