Thursday, April 29, 2010

US Global Funds for Avian & Pandemic Influenza Reach $1.5 Billion

From CIDRAP News - April 20, 2010

Lat week, the US delegation to the International Ministerial Conference on Animal and Pandemic Influenza (IMCAPI) meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, noted the country has spent more than $1.5 billion to combat global avian and pandemic influenza. This figure represents $627 million invested since the previous 2008 IMCAPI conference held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, according to a Department of State press release.

The additional US funding will be allocated to multilateral organizations, such as the World Health Organization, as well as to bilateral and regional programs. This investment includes the donation of 10% of the US H1N1 vaccine supply to developing countries, as well as in-kind assistance such as personal protective equipment, laboratory and decontamination kits, technical and humanitarian assistance, and vaccine research. The 3-day conference, was hosted by Vietnam with support from the US Agency for International Development, the United Nations, and the European Commission.

Source: CIDRAP

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