U.S. commits $175 million to GAVI Alliance

GAVI Alliance said on Friday that the United States has committed $175 million to assist global vaccine program purchases and deliver life-saving vaccines in developing countries.

"In these difficult budgetary times, we are deeply appreciative of the Obama Administration and leaders in Congress for continuing their generous support of our mission to save children's lives in the world's poorest countries," GAVI CEO Seth Berkley said. "Vaccines are one of the best buys in global health. We are thankful to Senators Leahy and Graham, Representatives Granger and Lowey, as well as many others on both sides of the aisle who understand that effective investments in global health both serve the most vulnerable and provide proven economic benefits."

GAVI has accelerated its vaccination programs from 55 vaccine roll-outs in 2011-2012 to more than 150 introductions in the next two years.

"This strong action by the United States comes as GAVI is entering a critical year when it will need the collective support of all those committed to child immunization," Berkley said. "GAVI's public-private business model provides a sustainable approach to aid, putting countries on track to self-sufficiency. This U.S. contribution will help us seize the moment to accelerate progress toward a world where every child, everywhere is fully immunized."