G8 to consider infectious diseases at St Petersburg Summit
Among topics to be considered at the Summit of the Group of Eight (G8) to be held in St Petersburg, the Russian Federation, 15-17 July 2006, is the control of infectious diseases.
The G8 leaders have long recognized that AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases slow economic development, perpetuate poverty, and threaten security in large parts of the world. The recent threat of an influenza pandemic has focused international attention on the need for all countries to be better prepared, in order to reduce the death toll, widespread illness and severe social and economic consequences.
Fact sheets prepared for the Summit
- Vaccine-preventable diseases
- The Global Polio Eradication Initiative
- Pandemic influenza and emerging diseases
Advanced Market Commitments for vaccines
Advanced Market Commitments for vaccines are one of the mechanisms being proposed to encourage the development of future generations of vaccines and in particular to accelerate the development and availability of priority new vaccines to developing countries.
More information on G8 Summit
- Joint Statement by WHO/UNAIDS/GLOBAL FUND/GAVI "Health leaders welcome infectious disease focus at G8" and related information