By Marcus Leach

The Prime Minister has announced that British aid will help vaccinate a child in the developing world every two seconds for the next five years.

David Cameron opened London Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) conference in a push to secure pledges of aid to vaccinate millions of the world's poorest children from killer disease.

Over 80 million under-fives living in some of the poorest countries in the world will be vaccinated against diseases like pneumonia and diarrhoea with the help of British aid as part of a broader collective effort.

"GAVI was one of the very top performers in our root-and-branch review of the agencies that deliver British aid because it demonstrates tangible results," The Prime Minister, David Cameron, said.

"Britain will play its full part and our support to GAVI will help vaccinate over 80 million children and save 1.4 million lives."

Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development, said:

"Vaccinations are positive proof that well spent aid saves lives.

"The UK has worked hard to bring in new partners and get existing donors to increase the size of their contribution so that we can save more lives."

"The UK has pledged an additional £163 million a year for the next five years which is conditional on results.

"GAVI will need to continue to reach the poorest people, strengthen health delivery systems, negotiate the lowest prices with the pharmaceutical industry and continue to attract new donors."

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