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GAVI Alliance to provide diarrhea, pneumonia vaccines for developing nations

September 27, 2011

GENEVA, Switzerland —The GAVI Alliance, a public-private global health partnership backed by Bill Gates, announced today that it will provide more than $1 billion in funding for 16 more developing countries to introduce rotavirus vaccines and 18 more countries to introduce pneumococcal vaccines, according to a press release.

The roll out of rotavirus vaccines across the African continent has already begun in Sudan, and today’s announcement confirms funding for 12 more African countries to follow suit.

“The death toll of rotavirus and pneumococcal infections in Africa is particularly devastating, and this is where these vaccines will make the most significant impact, not only in lives saved, but also in terms of healthy lives lived,” said GAVI CEO Seth Berkley.