Bill Gates Wants to Boost Vaccine Research With S. Korea - Official

Bill Gates is said to be pitching a partnership with South Korea to boost vaccine research and development at the Seoul-based International Vaccine Institute, Korea’s Yonhap news agency reports.

Kim Sang-hyup, Korea’s presidential secretary for future vision, said Gates proposed the partnership to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak when the two met at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last week.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is said to have given some USD100 million in funding support to IVI, the United Nations Development Program’s research arm dedicated to the cultivation of vaccines for developing countries.

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