Friday, January 29, 2010

A Decade of Vaccines?

Hot off the press, well hot off the internets at least is news that Bill Gates is giving $10 billion to a ten year program focussing on vaccines for a variety of diseases. That's ten BILLION not ten million. The Gates foundation have a nice page on vaccines and their hopes for a 'decade of vaccines'.

Davos, Switzerland (CNN) -- Bill and Melinda Gates announced plans Friday to invest $10 billion in the fight against a number of illnesses including AIDS and said the record donation could save nearly nine million lives.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, they said the 10-year program will focus on vaccines for AIDS, tuberculosis, rota virus and pneumonia.

"We must make this the decade of vaccines," said Bill Gates.

"Vaccines are a miracle," added Melinda Gates. "With just a few doses, they can prevent deadly diseases for a lifetime. We've made vaccines our priority at the Gates Foundation because we've seen firsthand their incredible impact on children's lives."

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