The CDC Foundation announced on Tuesday that it received $13.5 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance the implementation of meningitis and rotavirus vaccines.
The grants will allow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases to improve the lives of millions of people worldwide, according to the CDC Foundation.
“Meningococcal meningitis and rotavirus gastroenteritis are deadly diseases but are increasingly preventable now that immunization initiatives in the African meningitis belt and other resource-poor areas are reaching the most vulnerable populations,” Anne Schuchat, the director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said. “The Gates Foundation funding will allow CDC to work together with countries and international partners to assure that a strong science base is available to sustain prevention efforts. Policy makers need this type of information to justify their own investments in life-saving vaccine programs.”
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