THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

China finalizes support of immunization in developing nations

China finalizes support of immunization in developing nations | Courtesy of biothreatsmitre.org
The Chinese government recently made a formal commitment to offer $5 million to support Gavi, which is the Vaccine Alliance that helps to fund childhood immunizations in the poorest nations around the world.

This is the very first time in history that China has offered funds to Gavi. Now, after four years of Gavi helping China to introduce a hepatitis B vaccine, the Chinese government has agreed to help with other nations around the world.

As of the signing of the agreement, China will donate funds to the 2016-2020 period. This aligns with the timeframe that Gavi has made to assist developing nations in immunizing 300 million children.

Dr. Ren Minghui, director general of the Department of International Cooperation at the China National Health and Family Planning Commission, was joined at a signing ceremony in Beijing by Marie-Ange Saraka-Yao, Gavi’s managing director for Resource Mobilisation and Private Sector Partnerships.

“We are very pleased to sign the agreement with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance,” Minghui said. “We hope that our collaboration with Gavi will leverage some of our own experiences and achievements in establishing and strengthening our immunization program. This will help improve and promote immunization programs in other developing countries helping achieve global development goals. The signing of this agreement once again demonstrates China’s commitment to strengthening international cooperation, promoting global immunization and helping developing countries to address the most pressing health challenges. It also demonstrates China’s increased leadership role in global public health.”

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