Minister Flaherty Applauds Humanitarian Vaccination Effort



    TORONTO, Nov. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Hundreds of thousands of children in
Uzbekistan will be getting a healthy start, thanks to the collaboration of
three Canadian partners. Minister of Finance James Flaherty was on hand today
to applaud everyone involved for their generosity.
    Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of sanofi-aventis Group, has
donated more than 750,000 doses of vaccine to Health Partners International of
Canada (HPIC), a Canadian medical aid agency dedicated to improving access to
health care and medicine in the developing world. HPIC is providing the
vaccines to UNICEF, the world's leading children's humanitarian agency, for
use this winter in a vaccination program geared to children in Uzbekistan.
    "Canadians have a proud tradition of giving at home and abroad and the
actions being taken today build on that tradition," said Minister Flaherty. "I
congratulate everyone involved in the donation of this vaccine as it will lead
to a healthier, more prosperous life for children who are truly in need.
Canada has one of the best immunization records in the world, so we fully
recognize the extraordinary value of such a worthy gift."
    Nigel Fisher, President and CEO of UNICEF Canada, said, "I am delighted
that our partnership with HPIC has led to this donation of vaccines from
Sanofi Pasteur for UNICEF's child health program in Uzbekistan. It is through
this type of collaboration that we will be able to better meet the challenge
before us of caring for children around the world who need our help."
    According to John Kelsall, President of Health Partners International of
Canada, this is just another example of Canadians coming together to help
people in need around the world. "It is wonderful to work with generous and
effective partners to bring these valuable vaccines to children in Uzbekistan.
For many, this will mean the opportunity to thrive and lead productive lives."

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For further information:

For further information: Marg Buchanan, Manager, Media Relations, Health
Partners International of Canada, (514) 695-0007, cell: (514) 402-2270,
mbuchanan@hpicanada.ca; www.hpicanada.ca


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