Spain gives EUR 146m for Third World vaccines

15th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

15 September 2005, NEW YORK — Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced his country will contribute EUR 146 million over the next 20 years to a project aimed at ensuring vaccinations for 5 million children in poor nations.

15 September 2005

NEW YORK — Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced his country will contribute EUR 146 million over the next 20 years to a project aimed at ensuring vaccinations for 5 million children in poor nations.

Zapatero cited the figure in an address to a high-level meeting on development finance on the sidelines of the gathering of world leaders for the 60th anniversary session of the U.N. General Assembly.

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization is a project spearheaded within the 25-member European Union by Spain, France, Italy, Britain and Sweden.

Zapatero said his government has made development aid a cornerstone of its political identity, with Spain on track to be devoting 0.5 percent of its gross domestic product to such assistance by 2008, increasing that to 0.7 percent by 2012.

"The Spanish people believe it is possible to build a world without want, they believe achieving that within a generation is not utopian and that the struggle against hunger and poverty is the most noble war mankind can wage," the prime minister said.

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Subject: Spanish news

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