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Unicef (Global Immunisation Programme)

Volume 126: debated on Monday 1 February 1988

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To ask the Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in UNICEF's global immunisation programme; and if he will make a statement on the United Kingdom's contribution to it.

Some $211 million has so far been committed to immunisation projects. UNICEF estimates that 50 per cent. of the children of the developing world have already been reached and 1·3 million lives saved each year. On present trends, over 70 per cent. of the developing world's children will be vaccinated by 1990.Her Majesty's Government have contributed £5·31 million bilaterally to the immunisation programme and we are also contributing through the European Community.