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Christopher Elias, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Blog Times were tough in the United States in 1938. Unemployment was at 19 percent as the country crawled out of the Great Depression. Nevertheless, President Franklin Roosevelt decided it was time to launch a multimillion dollar campaign to...

Sarah Boseley, Guardian.co.uk Vaccination is a big success in poor countries. The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) said it has prevented more than 5 million child deaths in the last decade and will prevent 4 million more by 2015. But critics want to ensure limited...

SOS Children's Villages Key players in the global vaccine industry have announced plans to reduce the costs of vaccines desperately needed in the developing world. Slashing the costs of vaccines will help get preventative medicine to more children in the developing world. GlaxoSmithKline will cut the price...

BBC News The price of some life-saving vaccines will be cut dramatically to people in the developing world. The news was announced on Monday by a number of leading international pharmaceutical companies. For example, the cost of the vaccine against rotavirus, which causes diarrhoea, will now be $2.50...

Melinda Gates I have believed for more than a decade now that children in the poorest parts of the world should have access to the same life-saving vaccines available to children in rich countries. That's why I'm excited that the GAVI Alliance announced today they will...

Radio Australia News The British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is to cut the price of its diarrhoea vaccine by 95 percent for the world's poorest nations, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of lives. Under GSK's new pricing structure, the poorest nations will be able to buy a dose...

Ben Quinn, The Guardian A promise to reduce the prices of vaccines in developing countries has been announced by a number of big drug companies, ahead of a conference in London at which political leaders will consider how to raise funds for immunisation. The Global Alliance for...

Todd Summers, ONE Blog Last week, the Group of Eight countries concluded their annual meeting and issued the requisite communiqués and reports. It’s getting to be a sad affair. For those of us focused on extreme poverty and global health, these summits can bring important promises...

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