THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Speech shows global surge in GAVI supported vaccines

In a speech to the U.S. Agency for International Development on Wednesday, GAVI Alliance CEO Dr. Seth Berkley highlighted this year's global acceleration in the delivery of life-saving vaccines to developing countries.

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization Alliance is a public-private global health partnership that is committed to saving children's lives by increasing access to immunization in poor countries. The GAVI Alliance was launched in 2000 and since then has helped to immunize over 370 million children worldwide.

In the address, Berkley estimated that in 2013, 600 million doses of life-saving vaccines will reach children all around the world thanks to GAVI funding. In addition to this, GAVI will support the introduction of 54 vaccines in 2013.

After sharing his predictions, Berkley said that the "fully immunized child" should be a global health indicator. The concept envelops the idea that all children would have access to the WHO's 11 recommended life-saving vaccines.

Berkley then pointed to the recent success by GAVI in shaping the price of the human papillomavirus vaccine. GAVI has given the world's poorest countries a sustainable supply of the HPV vaccines for as low as $4.50 a dose.

Berkley stressed that immunization against HPV, and other life threatening diseases, should become a priority in developing countries.

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