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Funding of bird flu initiative exceeds expectations

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 26 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:198
  1. Jane Parry
  1. Hong Kong

    Fundraising efforts for the fight against H5N1 avian influenza have exceeded all expectations, as $1.9bn (£1.1bn; €1.5bn) was put on the table at a funding conference in Beijing last week.

    “I was expecting $1.5bn, so $1.9bn came as a surprise,” said David Nabarro, the senior United Nations system coordinator for avian and human influenza.

    “I'm particularly pleased that we got pledges of $1bn in grants and $0.9bn in low interest loans. The other advantage of a higher figure is that we may have capacity for flexible funding for the unexpected, as the $1.5bn budget was still very tight,” he added. …

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