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Spain joins IFFIm

On Friday, Spain approved a $240 million donation to GAVI's International Finance Facility for Immunization. Other IFFIm donors include France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa.

IFFIm Overview (from Vaccines for Development):

G7 Finance Ministers Repeat Endorsement of AMCs

The G7 Finance Ministers affirmed - but did not add much to - their support for an Advance Market Commitment at their meeting today. According to today's G7 communique

Having endorsed the concept of a pilot Advance Market Commitments for vaccines, we call for the additional work necessary to make its launch possible in 2006.

The Iffy Direction of the IFF

European donors like to think they are the ones pushing the envelope in development policy. Many have recently promised huge increases in aid and enthusiastically embraced ideas such as donor pooling.