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Yesterday I heard a BBC discussion with Microsoft's Bill Gates on development aid and his program to immunize millions of children against a range of preventable diseases. According to the statistics used, 9 million children die annually from such diseases. The goal of the vaccination program is to bring this number down to 3 million. He is donating $20 billion to fund this program - $3,333 per life saved. The focus, however, is on “lives lost to preventable diseases”, not “lives lost”.
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