The GAVI Alliance will make the inactivated polio vaccine available to the countries it supports in an effort to eradicate the disease.
"Today marks a big step forward in the global effort to tackle polio by accelerating the universal use of inactivated polio vaccine," GAVI Alliance CEO Dr. Seth Berkley said.
UNICEF recently announced a new tender process, which makes the IPV more accessible and affordable to developing countries. Through this process, the GAVI Alliance will be able to give 73 countries access to more effective polio treatment at a reduced cost.
"The announcement is a critical step towards up to 73 countries introducing IPV with GAVI's support, with the first country anticipated to introduce later this year," Berkley said. "We are entering an exciting phase for polio, taking the world one step closer to eradicating polio, and new efforts to strengthen routine immunization which should see even more children benefit from the power of vaccines."
The introduction of the IPV vaccine is part of GAVI's support of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
The GPEI was developed through collaboration between health experts, health authorities and the World Health Assembly. The GPEI created the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018 last year, which seeks to establish a polio-free world by 2018.