LONDON (AP) — A global vaccines group said Thursday it was working to buy shots to protect up to 2 million women and girls in poor countries from cervical cancer.

After a meeting in Bangladesh this week, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation said women and girls in nine developing countries might be immunized against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which causes cervical cancer, by 2015.

The group, also known as the GAVI Alliance, could not immediately name the countries likely to get the vaccines. It said buying the injections depends on whether it can negotiate a reasonable price from manufacturers and whether countries can prove they can actually deliver the shots.

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