Gates Foundation and UN urge emphasis on positive benefits of vaccination

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 13 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5666
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

The United Nations’ secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has emphasised the importance of vaccination to the agency’s strategy to improve the health of hundreds of millions of women and children.

He was speaking at the launch in New York last week of the replenishment process of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation. The GAVI Alliance is a worldwide public-private partnership bringing together governments of developing and donor countries, the World Health Organization, Unicef, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and others.

By providing vaccines and strengthening health systems, the alliance says that 5.4 million premature deaths have been averted …

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