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March 2012

31 March 2012

Integrating vaccines with other strategies is best formula-- Seth Berkley

Source: Seminar Magazine

GAVI CEO Seth Berkley answers Seminar’s questions on the immunisation challenge, and his mandate at GAVI to make our planet a safer, healthier place.

27 March 2012

Sport Relief videos raise awareness on immunisation

Source: Sport Relief

Several videos on Youtube, produced for the recent Sport Relief event, are raising awareness on the benefits of immunisation.

23 March 2012

Bill Gates: 'We could save three million lives over the next decade'

Source: The Guardian

"Vaccines are a phenomenal tool that can protect a child for a lifetime."

23 March 2012

Andrew Mitchell interview: 'this is the most interesting job I've had in politics'

Source: The Guardian

The international development secretary talks about aid and human rights, Kony 2012, Ed Miliband and the budget. 

19 March 2012

UK budget must stick to aid pledge to make real impact on lives of poorest

Source: The Guardian

On vaccinations, Britain's contribution to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (GAVI), a public-private partnership to help the world's poorest countries obtain vital vaccines, will vaccinate 80 million children over the next four years, saving an estimated 1.4 million lives. 

15 March 2012

Gates Foundation gives $220 mln for TB research

Source: AFP

Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates and his wife are to give $220 million over five years to the non-profit biotech firm Aeras to develop vaccines to fight tuberculosis, a company statement said Thursday. "This infusion of funding must be seen as a global call to action in response to one of the world's deadliest diseases," said Jim Connolly, Aeras's president and chief executive, expressing gratitude for the massive grant. It will provide approximately half of the estimated cost of meeting 2012-2016 milestone targets, while addressing significant scientific questions that must be answered in order to further successful development of new vaccines. 

14 March 2012

Joint Fact Sheet: The U.S.-UK Partnership for Global Development

Source: The White House

n May 2011, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron reaffirmed our mutual commitment to improving the lives of the world's poorest people through theU.S.-UK Partnership for Global Development. In June 2011, at the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization Replenishment Conference, the U.S. and the UK worked together to secure commitments that exceeded GAVI's $3.7 billion request by $500 million. The funds pledged will allow GAVI to immunize more than 250 million children in the world's poorest countries by2015, preventing more than 4 million premature deaths. 

13 March 2012

Ghana to Produce Meningitis Vaccines

Source: AllAfrica

The Minster of Health, Mr. Sumani Alban Bagbin, has disclosed that the World Health Organisation WHO) has given Ghana the approval to produce four main meningitis vaccines, including that of Cerebro-Spinal Meningitis (CSM). 

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