Tuesday, January 25, 2005

80 billion vs. 1.5 billion

Two interesting news articles today:

1. The Gates Foundation is doubling its donations to Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations. With 1.5 billion dollars, "more than 42 million children had been vaccinated against hepatitis B, that more than 670,000 premature deaths had been prevented from 2001 through 2003 and that 991 million syringes had been used to improve vaccine safety, since they could only be used once."

Wow! Amazing what 1.5 billion dollars can do!

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/25/national/25gates.html

2. On another note, the Bush administration is requesting 80 billion dollars to continue fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&ncid=703&e=1&u=/ap/20050125/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_spending

-Jean Chen

2 Comments:

At 3:11 AM, Blogger ferociously benevolent said...

Wow, imagine how many human beings $80 billion could immunize.

 
At 8:54 AM, Blogger Melissa said...

I'm not surprised. This is the toilet bowl of a world we live in today. There's little value assigned to human life. It's all about power and $$$$$$$!

 

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