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Global vaccine initiative creates inequity, analysis concludes

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 31 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:754
  1. Gavin Yamey
  1. BMJ

    An analysis of the operation of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), the private-public venture launched last year with a $750m (£500m) donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has concluded that it overemphasises high tech vaccines, lacks sustainability and transparency, and relies too heavily on private sector funding.

    The alliance, whose founding partners include the World Health Organization, Unicef, the World Bank, and some national governments, aims “to fulfil the right of every child to be protected against vaccine-preventable diseases of public health concern” (

    The analysis, by Dr Anita Hardon, …

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