Gates Announces Huge Vaccine Pledge
Posted on Jan 29, 2010
Bill Gates made a big announcement at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Friday. The Microsoft entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist revealed that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $10 billion over the next 10 years to the cause of fighting disease around the globe through vaccines and immunizations. —KA
“Davos Diary” in The Washington Post:
The commitment appears to be the largest single non-governmental commitment ever given. Two of the previous biggest grants, each for $750 million, were given by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, part of $4.5 billion it had spent on vaccines.
“We’re essentially redoubling our commitment,” Bill Gates said at a press conference, calling the fresh funding commitment “a great milestone.”
He said the world “must make this the decade of vaccines.”
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / Prashant Panjiar
Philanthropy in action: Bill Gates immunizes a child against polio during a visit to Nigeria.