Search

 

Cablegate: Uk Pledges to Donate $37 Million to Help Fight The

VZCZCXYZ0008
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHLO #2212 2661513
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 231513Z SEP 09
FM AMEMBASSY LONDON
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3575
INFO RUEAUSA/DEPT OF HHS WASHDC

UNCLAS LONDON 002212

SIPDIS
SENSITIVE

PLEASE PASS TO OES/IHB FANTOZZI AND IO/HS BLACKWOOD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TBIO PREL KFLU WHO UK
SUBJECT: UK PLEDGES TO DONATE $37 MILLION TO HELP FIGHT THE
GLOBAL H1N1 PANDEMIC

REF: SECSTATE 97471

1. (SBU) International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander announced on September 17 that HMG will donate 23 million GBP ($32 million) to the World Health Organization (WHO) to help developing countries tackle the H1N1 pandemic. The value of this commitment is equivalent to 10 percent of the UK's domestic supply of the vaccine, which meets President Obama's request for a 10 percent contribution.

2. (SBU) Pandemic Flu Coordinators Jennie Richmond at the Department for International Development (DFID) and Jo Newstead at the UK Department of Health told ESTHOff that HMG funding will be channeled directly to the World Health Organization (WHO), which will assess which countries need vaccine and other support. HMG will also make H1N1 vaccine available to the WHO as supplies become available. DFID already gave 7.9 million GBP ($12.8 million) to the WHO, United Nations, and Red Cross earlier in 2009 to help fight the spread of the H1N1 virus.

3. (SBU) Jo Newstead told ESTHOff that Bruce Mann, the Prime Minister's lead on the H1N1 pandemic, plans to discuss the UK's assistance for the H1N1 pandemic on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting in New York. HMG contacts on H1N1 pandemic flu issues are listed below: -Bruce Mann, Prime Minister's Office (Lead) -Jo Newstead, Department of Health -Jennie Richmond, DFID Visit London's Classified Website: XXXXXXXXXXXX
SUSMAN

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

UN: Decades Of Health Gains At Risk In Brazil Due To COVID-19

Although COVID-19 cases are declining in Brazil, the pandemic is putting decades of public health gains there at risk, the head of the World Health Organization ( WHO ) said on Friday. With global attention and support focused this week ... More>>

UN Report: Myanmar Approaching Point Of Economic Collapse

The turmoil following the military coup in Myanmar, coupled with the impact of COVID-19 could result in up to 25 million people – nearly half of the country’s population, living in poverty by early next year, a United Nations report said on Friday. That ... More>>

World Vision: India’s Second Wave Shows The Global Fight Against COVID-19 Is Far From Won

As India’s COVID-19 daily infection rates reach devastating levels, international aid agency World Vision has warned that the world is nowhere near defeating this virus and some nations are yet to face their worst days. Andrew Morley, World Vision ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

Study: Cut Methane Emissions To Avert Global Temperature Rise

6 May 2021 Methane emissions caused by human activity can be reduced by up to 45 per cent this decade, thus helping to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a UN-backed ... More>>

UN: Learning From COVID-19, Forum To Highlight Critical Role Of Science, Technology And Innovation In Global Challenges

New York, 4 May —To build on the bold innovations in science, technology and innovations that produced life-saving solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN will bring together experts to highlight measures that can broaden the development and deployment ... More>>

What COVID-19 Has Taught Us: “Healthcare Can No Longer Exist Without Technology”

A grandmother in a village in the Gambia should have the same quality of life and access to healthcare they deserve as in New York or London. Photo: InnovaRx Global Health Start-up Works To Bridge Healthcare Gap In The Gambia By: Pavithra Rao As ... More>>