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Nine Countries Pledge H1N1 Vaccine Donations To Developing Countries

A group of nine countries on Thursday announced they would share H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine supplies with developing nations to protect the world’s poorest from the H1N1 virus, Reuters reports. The U.S. joined Australia, Brazil, France, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and Britain in the pledge, according to the news service. The new donations add to the 120 million vaccine doses pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi-Pasteur pledged to WHO.

TIME Examines Voluntary Airline Tax That Aims To Fund Global Health Projects

TIME examines a voluntary airline tax, to be introduced in the U.S. and several European countries in January, that aims to “make up a shortfall in official government aid to poor countries — a shortfall exacerbated by the world financial crisis.” The tax will be used to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and it will also go towards improving maternal health and reducing child mortality.

World Bank Says Additional 89M In ‘Extreme Poverty’ By 2010, Asks For Increased Aid

An additional 89 million people are expected to be pushed to levels of “extreme poverty” by the end of 2010, according to a new World Bank report that urges developed nations to increase aid to developing countries, Bloomberg reports. Ahead of a meeting of the G20 in Pittsburgh, “World Bank President Robert Zoellick is calling on leaders of the biggest industrial economic powers to avoid slashing donations and other assistance to low-income countries, which the report said face a ‘long and muted recovery,'” the news service writes (Rastello, 9/16).

Obama To Meet With Sub-Saharan African Leaders Next Week

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice announced Monday that President Obama will host a luncheon for leaders of sub-Saharan African countries next week during the ministerial meeting of the U.N. General Assembly “to promote economic and social development,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports.

University Presidents Examine Schools’ Roles In Global Health

Five university presidents came together on Monday at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health’s inaugural annual meeting to examine universities’ role “in the rapidly-emerging arena of global health and how global health fits into the well-established set of departments, centers and schools” at each university, Inside Higher Ed reports.