GAVI aims to double its child vaccination rate between 2016 and 2020

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 09 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3781
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The head of the GAVI Alliance (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation) has expressed confidence that a major new immunisation drive will overcome challenges and be affordable for poorer countries.

Last month, GAVI issued a plea to donors for $7.5bn (£4.5bn; €5.5bn) to immunise 300 million children against life threatening diseases between 2016 and 2020.

GAVI Alliance’s chief executive, Seth Berkley, told a media briefing in London on 4 June, “It’s a pretty big number­—to put it into perspective, more than half of the children immunised in the world will receive a GAVI vaccine. This is, every year, immunising almost as many people as live in the UK and it is going to prevent 5 to 6 million new deaths.”

During the period 2000 to 2015, GAVI says about 500 million children were vaccinated under its programmes—about 30 million a year. The organisation is hoping to double that number to 60 million a year.

He said, “This is not to say it’s easy stuff. We have problems …

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