Image: Bill and Melinda Gates
Arnd Wiegmann  /  Reuters
Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, attend a news conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
updated 1/29/2010 6:39:02 AM ET 2010-01-29T11:39:02

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, say their foundation will donate $10 billion over the next decade to research new vaccines and bring them to the world's poorest countries.

Bill Gates said in a statement that "we must make this the decade of vaccines."

Speaking Friday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, Gates added that "innovation will make it possible to save more children than ever before."

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