MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Independent think tank urges U.S. to make bigger pledge in support of GAVI Alliance

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said on Friday that the United States should expand its support of the GAVI Alliance with an increased, multi-year pledge for the 2016-2020 period.


In addition to a greater financial pledge, the think tank said the U.S. should strengthen field activities to support GAVI-financed work in implementing vaccines.


The report called the GAVI Alliance an "adaptive and flexible organization" that learns from experience, which aided GAVI in its immunization of 440 million children.


"GAVI has done what it said it would do," Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Deputy Director Nicole Bates said. "That's why donors remain supportive. GAVI has proven that through its model it can change that curve [of low immunization rates], saving more children sooner. Countries are now demanding these vaccines. They must be available and affordable."


The Obama administration reportedly asked for $200 million for the GAVI Alliance in the 2015 budget. CSIS suggested the government provide more in order to support the GAVI, child health around the globe, support immunization policy and provide diplomatic support.


"We have quite active outreach through our ambassadors," U.S. Agency for International Development Deputy Administrator Robert Clay said. "We have a big role to play, and are taking it to our field staff."

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