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What's in your wallet? Bono launches the RED Campaign

The RED campaign was launched today in London by Bono, with the help of Scarlett Johannson and Elle McPherson. The RED campaign includes an American Express credit card that gives 1% of all purchases to the, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as well as specially designed products from Georgio Armani, Converse, the Gap, and others. The campaign is only in England for now, but will launch in the US soon.

Europe Approves GSK Rotarix

On Monday, the European Medicines Agency approved GSK's Rotarix (see article in the Financial Times). This comes right on the heels of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of Merck's rival vaccine Rotateq; both offer children protection against diarrheal disease caused by rotavirus, which kills nearly 500,000 children and hospitalizes two million more.

At CGD Event, MCC's Danilovich Holds up Benin Compact as Model

Last Thursday, CGD was pleased to host MCC CEO John Danilovich and Benin Minister of Finance Cosme Sehlin at a public event on the just-signed $307 million Benin compact, bringing the total number of compacts to eight. Watch excerpts from the event here.
Danilovich is a breath of fresh air for the agency, using his opening remarks and an extended Q&A period to send some much-needed strategic messages. Of note to me:

Too bad for Harvard!

Too bad for Harvard! Too bad for the elite university system in this country -- which appears to be the last bastion of insider resistance to reform. We at CGD note with regret the resignation of Lawrence Summers, a CGD Board member, from the presidency of Harvard University. I and several colleagues here worked closely with Larry at the World Bank and/or at the U.S. Treasury, where he brought inspiration, a commitment to policy dialogue, and eagerness to listen and build on varying views.