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December 12, 2014

Global Vaccine Group Commits $300-Million for Ebola Shots

The GAVI Alliance, which provides funds for vaccines in poor countries, pledged Thursday to provide up to $300-million for Ebola protection in West Africa, Bloomberg reports. The global nonprofit will buy 12 million doses of vaccines, now under development, and committed another $90-million to bolster Ebola-affected countries' health systems and roll out new vaccines that win the World Health Organization's endorsement.

"We are making determined efforts to ensure that people living in Ebola-affected countries are protected as soon as possible and do not have to face another terrible outbreak in the future," GAVI board Chairman Dagfinn Hoeybraaten said. The Geneva-based alliance is funded by national governments, international financial bodies, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and has immunized 440 million children against various diseases since 2000.