Gates Foundation Donates $750 Million For Infant Vaccinations
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, run by Microsoft’s multi-billionaire founder Bill Gates, is to donate $750 million over 10 years for worldwide infant vaccination. The foundation said the money would go to the Geneva-based Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunisation (GAVI), a partner of the World Health Organisation. The WHO says that between 2005 and 2015 donors and developing countries will have to find between $8 and $12 Billion to protect children in the poorest countries, using currently available vaccines.
“In just five years, GAVIs efforts have saved hundreds of thousands of childrens lives, and its work in the coming years will save millions more,” said Bill Gates, founder and president of the software giant Microsoft. “GAVI will use the funds announced today to support national immunization programs in 72 of the worlds poorest countries,” Gates added. “Supporting childrens immunization is undoubtedly the best investment weve ever made.”
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said every year some 27 million children in developing countries were still not receiving vaccinations. This had caused some 2.1 million deaths in 2002. Gates also appealed to other donors to plug the gap in financing vaccination programmes for children in developing countries.
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