$1 billion from Norway, Gates Foundation for 10 years of vaccines welcomed by UNICEF
"This contribution is an extraordinary gift to children. We hope that the leadership of the Gates Foundation and Norway inspires other donors to step forward with multi-year commitments," UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said.
"Immunization in some ways is taken for granted these days, yet it remains one of the most dynamic and evolving fields in public health," she added.
GAVI was launched in 2000 to try to stop 2 million deaths a year in developing countries from diseases for which inoculations exist. It is one of several important immunization initiatives, UNICEF said, such as the partnerships for measles and maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination and the global partnership for polio eradication.