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Funds for vaccination over next decade may fall short by $10bn

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 15 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1426
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    The cost of vaccinating children in the world's 72 poorest countries over the next decade would be $35bn (£20bn; €29bn), a new study by the World Health Organization and Unicef says.

    The study, which was released last week in New Delhi at the third partners' meeting of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, has estimated that, taking into account funds already pledged by donors, there will be a shortfall of $10bn to $15bn. “This tells us for the first time how much it's going to cost,” said Julian Lob-Levyt, executive secretary of the alliance.

    The funds will be used to deliver basic and new vaccines to …

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