A Rohingya refugee child gets an oral cholera vaccine, distributed by WHO with the help of volunteers and local NGO's, in a refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. File photo/ Reuters
The GAVI global vaccines alliance on Friday called on donors for $7.4 billion to help immunise 300 million children against life-threatening diseases between 2021 and 2025, and save up to eight million lives.
GAVI, which is backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organisation (WHO), donor governments and others, funds immunisation programmes for poor nations that cannot afford to buy vaccines at rich-world prices.
“Over the past two decades the Vaccine Alliance has helped to protect a generation against some of the world's deadliest diseases,” GAVI CEO Seth Berkley said in a statement.
“However, 1.5 million people are still dying every year from vaccine-preventable diseases ... This calls for an urgent response to ensure people continue to be protected against disease, to prevent deadly outbreaks and to help the next generation prosper.”
The announcement was made in Yokohama, where Japan is hosting a three-day international conference on African development. Democratic Republic of Congo, a mineral-rich central African country, is being hit by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.
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"Frankly, with regard to the government, I was hoping the pace would be faster," he said after meeting President Michel Aoun, whom he said he would now see again on Thursday.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid accused Ghani of lying and spreading false information as reacting to Ghani's remark on Monday that the ongoing war is an external intrigue imposed on the people of Afghanistan.
Li Qiang, an official in the city, the capital of central Hubei province, told a news briefing that "To ensure that everyone in the city is safe, city-wide nucleic acid testing will be quickly launched for all people to fully screen out positive results and asymptomatic infections."
A government statement said on Tuesday that the country is registering less than 50,000 daily new cases for 37 continuous days and saw a decline of 10,585 cases from Monday when India recorded 41,134 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 424 fatalities.