Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI)
GAVI (Global alliance for vaccines and Immunizations) is a public-private international health partnership, with their goal of increasing access to new and under-used vaccines for millions of the most vulnerable children. The Vaccine Alliance is transforming the lives of individuals, helping to boost the economies of low-income countries and making the world safer for everyone
As Part of its mission to save lives, reduce poverty and protect the world against the threat of epidemics, GAVI has helped vaccinate more than 60 million children in the world’s poorest countries, preventing more than 13 million deaths.
GAVI has observer status at the World Health Assembly. Its approach to Public health has been described as business-oriented and technology focused, using market-oriented measures and seeking quantifiable results. It is not just a Global alliance, but also a symbol of International solidarity.
Global Vaccine Summit, 2020 (London)
Recently, The Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi addressed the Virtual Global Vaccine Summit, hosted by The United Kingdom (UK). The summit was intended to urge nations around the world tp pledge funding for vaccinations to protect the world from future outbreaks of epidemics. The summit was aimed at raising USD 7.4 million to immunize a further 300 million children in the world’s poorest countries by 2025. India has pledged USD 15 million as India’s contribution to the GAVI.
PM Modi at Summit
PM Modi has highlighted the following points at the summit:
India shared its medicine to more than 120 countries.
India understand the importance of Immunization. India has added six vaccines to its National Immunization Program so far.
India has digitized the vaccine supply chain.
The supply chain of vaccines in India is being monitored by the electronic intelligence network.
GAVI brings together Developing Countries and Donor Governments, The World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, The World Bank, The Vaccine Industry in both Industrialised and Developing Countries, Research and Technical Agencies, Civil Society,The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private philanthropists.