• Survey shows over 90% of Brits believe every child has a right to be vaccinated
• ONE launches vaccines campaign at Royal College of Nursing Congress, Liverpool
A new survey published today reveals that 9 out of 10 British people (91 per cent) believe that every child has a right to be vaccinated, and that two-thirds of Britons (67 percent) are proud that the UK makes financial commitments to help vaccinate children in developing countries. The poll, commissioned by anti-poverty campaign group ONE, comes at a critical time as a funding shortfall threatens to stall global efforts to rollout vaccines in the world’s poorest countries. ONE today will launch a campaign in a speech to the Royal College of Nursing Congress which calls on world leaders to fill this funding gap and save four million lives in the next five years.
The poll conducted by Com Res, found that the majority of the public (55 percent) think that the UK Government has a moral obligation to contribute funds so that new vaccines reach children in developing countries. Over half of Britons (57 percent) think that preventing childhood disease in the developing world is the best way to spend our international aid money.
The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) needs an additional £2.3 billion to continue the rollout of under-used vaccines and ensure two new vaccines against diarrhoea and pneumonia are made available to children in the developing world. GAVI funded vaccines have already prevented 5.4 million future child deaths. ONE’s campaign calls on the UK Government – which is hosting an international donor conference in June to address the funding gap - to rally world leaders and take the lead in securing funding needed to roll-out new and under-used vaccines.
Addressing the Royal College of Nursing Congress later today, Jamie Drummond, Executive Director of ONE, will say;
“The discovery of two new vaccines presents an incredible opportunity to help save four million children. These vaccines will be useless, however, unless leaders commit the funds needed to distribute them. This is David Cameron’s chance to show moral leadership in the fight against disease and extreme poverty. The Prime Minster must set an example by increasing the UK’s contribution and convince Chancellor Merkel, President Sarkozy and others to step up to the plate.
“These survey results show the British public’s support for vaccines. I’m at Congress to ask nurses - who experience at first hand the awful effects of childhood diseases - to carry this message forward to our Government.
“Every £10 refused is one child not vaccinated, and a life put at risk. Never before has there been an opportunity for which you can count the results so starkly in lives saved. World leaders must ask themselves how much is a child’s life worth?”
Pneumonia and diarrheal disease account for an estimated 36 percent of child deaths in the world’s poorest countries —more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis deaths in children combined. Yet our survey revealed that the British public has little awareness of this fact. 40 percent of adults believe malaria is the biggest killer of children, with only a quarter (23 percent) of Britons saying they thought it was diarrhoea and just 3 percent saying pneumonia.
Jamie Drummond says;
“Most people have never heard of pneumococcal or rotavirus, diseases that cause pneumonia and diarrhoea, but between them they kill more children than any other disease.”
ComRes surveyed 2,050 members of the public online between 25th and 27th March 2011. Data were weighted to be representative demographically of all GB adults. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.