A year ago the All-Party Group on Pneumococcal Disease reported that it kills 1.6 million people a year, about one million of them children under 5. We strongly endorsed the Advance Market Commitment (AMC), under which donors guarantee the price of vaccines so that manufacturers invest in development and production, while developing countries get supplies at much lower prices.(www.appg-preventpneumo.org/report.cfm)
Yesterday Ministers from Italy, UK, Canada, Russia, Norway and Italy, plus the Gates Foundation, signed up to the first AMC, which means that developing countries will get pneumococcal vaccine at $3.50, compared with the average of $70 at present in the developed world. As many as 7 million children's lives could be saved by 2030.