Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Pope's "Yes" to Vaccinations

On this Election Day, leave it to the Boss to pick up a pro-life thread not many of his faithful do well to keep in mind:
Aside from fame, what do Bill Gates, the Pope and Bob Geldoff [sic] have in common? They're all taking part in a $4 billion plan to combat disease in some of the world's poorest countries. The International Finance Facility for Immunization is a new funding agency set up by the British Treasury and its current chief, Gordon Brown....

The plan works by getting governments to issue so-called vaccination bonds, which will allow them to raise a large amount of cash right away but pay it off over a number of years. Britain has pledged $1.4 billion over the next decade -- 35% of the total resources required for the $4 billion target of the new agency....

Governments will sell the bonds, then donate the money to the GAVI Alliance, an organization founded by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates to provide vaccinations against hepatitis and yellow fever.

Six bonds, valued at $1,000 each, will first be bought by a gaggle of religious leaders including Pope Benedict XVI, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the chief rabbi of Britain.
Just thought you should know.