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Development Through Foreign Aid Requires Global Cooperation

The GAVI Alliance pledging conference is “being seen as a litmus test of how well aid can survive in the age of austerity,” columnist Madeleine Bunting writes in a Guardian commentary, addressing how foreign aid is viewed as “soft power … [to] establish influence and spread values – which is often more useful than diplomacy or defence in a post-cold war world.”

U.K., U.S., Australia, Gates Foundation Promise Funds To GAVI Alliance At Pledging Conference

At a pledging conference for the GAVI Alliance in London on Monday, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Microsoft founder, announced his foundation will provide an additional $1 billion in funding for the organization over the next five years, while Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said his country will provide $210 million over the next three years, Reuters reports (Croft/Kelland, 6/13).

The U.S. And The GAVI Alliance

This fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation examines the GAVI Alliance and the role the U.S. government plays in supporting the partnership. Created in 1999, GAVI began operations in January 2000 and by the end of 2010 had received over $5 billion in donor financing and disbursed over $2.8…

New Decade Of Vaccines

This Lancet series examines vaccine technology, “including the developments expected over the coming decade and what we can expect from translation of the latest vaccine science. Improving vaccine coverage and financing of both existing and newer vaccines together with how we communicate the benefits of vaccines and ensure public trust…

The U.S. Commitment To GAVI

In a post on the Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy” blog, Amanda Glassman, CGD’s director of global health policy, discusses the U.S. pledge for the GAVI Alliance and outlines why providing $450 million over three years to GAVI “is both compassionate and cost-effective” (6/9).

Low-Cost Meningitis Vaccine Cuts Cases In African Countries, Data Show

Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger recorded the lowest number of meningitis A cases in an epidemic season this year after the MenAfriVac vaccine was introduced, data from the WHO show, the nonprofit that helped develop the shot, Meningitis Vaccine Project (MVP), said on Thursday, Reuters reports.

Experts Discuss Impact Of New Vaccines On Global Health

This Malaria Policy Center blog post describes the event “Spurring health and wealth through medical breakthroughs,” during which Washington Post columnist and ONE Fellow Michael Gerson; John Lusingu, principal research scientist at the Tanzania National Institute for Medical Research and co-principal investigator in the RTS,S malaria vaccine trial in Tanzania…

Sabin Vaccine Institute, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College Of Medicine To Create Tropical Disease Research School

Peter Hotez, chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine at George Washington University and president of Sabin Vaccine Institute, “will join the staffs of Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine this summer, [and] will serve as founding dean of a new, as yet unnamed, tropical disease research school at Baylor,” the Houston Chronicle reports (Christian, 6/8).