New support to pandemic vaccine supply
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Irelandís contribution of £2 million today to support the WHO global pandemic influenza action plan to increase vaccine supply is very much appreciated and is a gesture of global solidarity. This will serve to help establish critical influenza vaccine manufacturing capacity in developing countries and is a step towards better health security for all countries.
WHO salutes the financial support of the United States of America, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Asian Development Bank in helping to close the gap between the supply of pandemic influenza vaccines and the expected high demand for vaccine doses in the event of an influenza pandemic.
We must strive for greater and more equitable distribution of pandemic influenza vaccines. Additional funding is needed to fully protect the worldís population from pandemic influenza. We call on all well-off countries to step up to the plate and assist with our US$ 10 billion effort. Vaccines are the best insurance policy for public health. This investment will save many lives: now from seasonal influenza and later when an influenza pandemic strikes.
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