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Donors Welcome the Advance Market Commitment's First Long-Term Supply Commitments
Date:4/9/2010

ented achievement – providing increased access to medicine for millions of people. The AMC enables developing country governments to budget and plan for their immunization programs knowing that vaccines will be available in sufficient quantity and at a price they can afford over the long term.

Pneumococcal disease takes the lives of 1.6 million people each year – including up to one million children before their fifth birthday. More than 90 percent of these deaths occur in developing countries, where access to medicine is not always available. Pneumonia, the most common form of serious pneumococcal disease, accounts for one in every four child deaths, making it the leading cause of death among young children. It is estimated that the pilot could save approximately 900,000 lives by 2015 and up to seven million lives by 2030.

Welcome statements and quotes from AMC donors:

Italy: “Finally public and private sectors join forces to fight poverty and disease. Together, we can make a difference”. Giulio Tremonti, Minister of the Economy and Finance.

United Kingdom: International Development Minister, Mike Foster, said:
“Today we have taken an important step forward in harnessing the potential of the pharmaceutical industry. As a result developing countries will be able to better protect the lives of their children at a price that is affordable and over a time frame that will deliver sustainable improvements in global health targets. The UK will continue to champion innovative solutions that deliver more health for less money.”

Canada welcomes this development that can make a significant difference in reducing the death of children under the age of 5. This is an important step that will support Canada’s G8 focus on maternal and infant health as pneumococcal disease is one of the biggest causes of child mortality, particularly in

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