Gates Foundation Pledges $10 Billion For Vaccines

A goal of the foundation's expanded funding is to raise that to 90 percent coverage. Another goal is to get comparable vaccination coverage among children in the poorest nations for measles, HiB (Hemophilus influenza type B), pneumococcal disease, rotavirus (the leading cause of childhood diarrheal death), and, after 2014, a 50 percent effective malaria vaccine that's now in final human trials.

If those goals are met, Gates says, 8.7 million more children will avoid death from vaccine-preventable diseases. That comes from unpublished projections by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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