09 Jun '11, 10am

More vaccines for poor could save 6.4m lives

More vaccines for poor could save 6.4m lives

Millions of children's lives and billions of dollars could be saved if vaccines were more widely available in 72 of the world's poorest countries, according to research published on Thursday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS LONDON - MILLIONS of children's lives and billions of dollars could be saved if vaccines were more widely available in 72 of the world's poorest countries, according to research published on Thursday. In a series of studies in the Health Affairs journal, public health experts and scientists projected that if 90 per cent of children in those countries were immunised, more than US$151 billion (S$185.76 billion) in treatment costs and lost productivity could be saved over 10 years, producing economic benefits of US$231 billion. Some 6.4 million children could be saved, they found. Yet one study, conducted by the donor-funded Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation...

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