- June 6, 2020
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- Category: DPN Topics
India pledged $15-million as India’s contribution to the vaccines alliance GAVI at the Global Vaccine Summit hosted by the UK.
- The virtual Global Vaccine Summit hosted by UK Prime Minister in which over 50 countries – business leaders, UN agencies, civil society, government ministers, Heads of State and country leaders participated aimed at raising USD 7.4 million to immunize a further 300 million children in the world’s poorest countries by 2025.
- India is the World’s foremost producer of vaccines and that it is fortunate to contribute to the immunization of about 60 percent of the World’s children.
- Indian prime minister also pointed to the government’s Mission Indradhanush, which aims to ensure full vaccination of children and pregnant women, as a sign of the importance attached to immunization within the country.
- Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization is a public-private global health partnership committed to increasing access to immunization in poor countries
- It is a global Vaccine Alliance with the goal of creating equal access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries.
- It does this by bringing together all the stakeholders – donor governments, developing countries, World Bank, UNICEF, WHO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, international finance and development organizations, and pharmaceutical industry – in one decision making body
- Gavi was launched in 2000. It is based in Geneva, Switzerland
- India started receiving support for its immunization programme from GAVI in 2002. Apart from that, India is the largest supplier of vaccines to GAVI
- More children survive. The increase in immunisation has helped halve childhood mortality by preventing approximately 13 million deaths and dramatically driven down the incidence of deadly and debilitating infectious diseases.
- Nation building thrives. As children become healthier, they, their families, communities and countries are more able to be economically prosperous and socially stable.
- Global health security improves. In the face of global challenges, such as climate change, urbanisation, human migration, fragility and conflict, Gavi has helped countries broaden vaccine coverage and improve their health systems. This makes them less susceptible and better able to prevent disease outbreaks that pose a threat to people in these countries, protecting millions of others around the world.