Brazil to donate 20 mln USD to boost immunization in poor countries

10:53, April 20, 2011      

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Brazil's Senate approved a decree on Tuesday to donate a million U.S. dollars annually in 20 years to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) for vaccination campaigns in poor countries.

Under the decree, every air traveller in Brazil will be charged a two-dollar fee, which will be donated to UNITAID, an international facility for the purchase of drugs against HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

According to the Brazilian Senate, some of the UNITAID initiators including France, Chile, Norway and Britain, have levied tax on air tickets as a source for funding the purchase and distribution of drugs against these infectious diseases in developing countries.

Source: Xinhua
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