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    Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have said they will donate ?10bn (?6.2bn) over the next 10 years to develop and deliver new vaccines.

    Mr Gates, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, said the aim was to see 90% of children in developing countries immunised.

    Over the past 10 years, the couple's charity has committed $4.5bn (?2.78bn) to the development of vaccines.

    The World Health Organization called the commitment "unprecedented".

    Mr Gates said that by increasing immunisation coverage in poorer countries to 90% it should be possible to save the lives of 7.6 million children under five between 2010 and 2019.

    'Incredible impact'

    "We must make this the decade of vaccines," he said in a statement.

    "Vaccines already save and improve millions of lives in developing countries. Innovation will make it possible to save more children than ever before."

    He said money was needed to make the most of new vaccines now becoming available, including ones against severe diarrhoea and pneumonia.

    Melinda Gates added: "Vaccines are a miracle. With just a few doses, they can prevent deadly diseases for a lifetime.

    "We've made vaccines our number one priority at the Gates Foundation because we have seen first hand their incredible impact on children's lives."

    Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organization, said it was an unprecedented contribution and urged governments and private donors to add to the initiative.

    "An additional two million deaths in children under five years could be prevented by 2015 through widespread use of new vaccines and a 10% increase in global vaccination coverage," she said.
    "The next major advancement in the health of American people will be determined by what the individual is willing to do for himself"-- John Knowles, Former President of the Rockefeller Foundation

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    Re: Bill and Melinda Gates make $10bn vaccine pledge

    much more than the 50M doses of flu-vax from big pharma

    $600 per child-life

    there is some movement in the vax-industry...
    if he waits another 10 years, he might be able to save twice
    as many children with that amount
    I'm interested in expert panflu damage estimates
    my current links: ILI-charts: