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A letter to Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin from 33 international development organizations, AIDS service organizations, trade unions, faith-based groups, human rights organizations, recommending priorities for Canada and the other G8 leaders in addressing HIV/AIDS and development.
On vaccines, it says:
G8 countries must commit to significantly increasing funding for AIDS vaccine research over the next three years, and to creating an advance purchase commitment that will enable global access to an AIDS vaccine. We call on Canada to reconfirm support and funding for collaborative AIDS vaccine research efforts and endorse the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise scientific plan
Last week, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, completed a $7.5 billion replenishment to fund its work on immunization in the world’s poorest countries between now and 2020. Gavi’s next step is to ensure that the money is used as effectively as possible to save lives and improve health.