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Statement by Dr. Daniel Carucci, Vice President for Global Health for the United Nations Foundation on the Launch of the State of the World's Vaccines and Immunization Report
Date:10/21/2009

ar. Vaccines have been responsible for eradicating smallpox, have brought us to the brink of eradicating polio, and during the past decade, have reduced global measles deaths by 74 percent.

"Even in the current economic climate, immunizations are the most cost-effective means to preventing infectious diseases in children. Investing in vaccines is investing in the future of children worldwide. I hope that by 2020, we can proudly say that by our commitments today, and through even greater investments in the future, we will have eradicated polio from the world, we will have eliminated measles in all countries, the world's children will have access to safe, effective and affordable new vaccines, and millions of children each year will be given a chance to lead healthy and productive lives. By working together, we can make this aspiration a reality."

About the United Nations Foundation
The UN Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner's historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. We build partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilize resources and advocate policy changes to support the UN's work for individual and global progress. The UN Foundation's work - focused on select global problems - is decreasing child mortality, improving disaster relief, protecting diverse cultures and environments, creating a clean energy future, empowering women and girls, and improving U.S.-UN relations. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org

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