$10 billion for vax research

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said today (January 29) that they will donate $10 billion over the next 10 years to develop vaccines and deliver them to the world's poorest countries. The donation, announced at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, is the foundation's largest contribution to vaccine research and distribution, more than doubling the $4.5 billion sum it has given over the last five years. Image: Wikimedia commonsWith the money, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates hopes to ra

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Jan 28, 2010
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said today (January 29) that they will donate $10 billion over the next 10 years to develop vaccines and deliver them to the world's poorest countries. The donation, announced at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, is the foundation's largest contribution to vaccine research and distribution, more than doubling the $4.5 billion sum it has given over the last five years.
Image: Wikimedia commons
With the money, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates hopes to raise immunization rates for diarrhea and pneumonia to 90%, which could save some 7.6 million children under the age of five by 2019, according to a model developed at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, linkurl:Nature News reported.;http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100129/full/news.2010.44.html Furthermore, if the malaria vaccine being developed by GSK -- linkurl:currently in its final testing phase;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/56128/ -- is introduced by 2014, it could save an additional 1.1...
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