A GAVI Gathering in London

June 13, 2011 By Melissa Silverman

Today in London, leaders from around the world have gathered for a pledging conference for GAVI, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations. Titled “Saving Children’s Lives” the conference is the end result of years of work, and will bring together donors to make firm commitments to fund immunizations in the world’s poorest countries. GAVI’s cost-effective model used vaccines and immunizations to prevent more than five million deaths in its first decade. Today’s conference launches a new mission to save four million additional lives by 2015. British Prime Minister David Cameron will be in attendance to pledge an increase in UK contributions to GAVI. Prime Minister Cameron argued this weekend that he sees a “moral” duty to help save children from “entirely preventable” deaths, even during times of fiscal austerity at home. The conference will be webcast live, or you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter.

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