Gavi to heighten engagement with countries transitioning into Vaccine Alliance

Gavi to heighten engagement with countries transitioning into Vaccine Alliance 2016 | Courtesy of medicalexpo.com

The Vaccine Alliance recently announced a series of actions that will support the new goals of the Alliance’s 2016-20 strategy, and the Gavi Board has chosen to assist the countries making the transition into the new practices.

The new measures include an improved focus on equity and coverage, heightened support for countries transitioning with Gavi funding, and better promotion of maintaining vaccination programs.

“There is absolutely no reason why children should miss out on vaccination because of where they live,” Dagfinn Høybråten, chair of the Gavi Board said. “Today’s decisions will help strengthen life-saving immunization programs in developing countries and ensure they can be sustained after Gavi support ends."

In addition, Gavi has changed its country co-financing policy. The new policy enables Gavi to pay for a percentage of the vaccines shipping to countries. Currently, the countries will only pay a portion of the cost of vaccines instead of the current flat rate per dose.

“The package of decisions taken today by the Gavi Board today leaves us well-prepared to deliver on our 2016-20 strategy,” Gavi CEO Seth Berkley said. “Sustainability of immunization programs is vital to ensuring that children continue to receive lifesaving vaccines and today’s decisions underpin Gavi’s commitment to sustainability.”

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