Under the leadership of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany’s G7 Presidency, donors have today committed US$ 7.539 billion over the next five years to deliver vaccines and immunization to Gavi-supported countries. With this funding, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance will be able to help countries immunize an additional 300 million children with the 11 vaccines recommended by WHO for infants.
WHO has opened the door to routine immunization of infants in Africa by approving for use an innovative and affordable vaccine that has all but rid the meningitis belt of a major cause of deadly epidemics.
Since its introduction in Africa in December 2010, MenAfriVac has had an immediate and dramatic impact in breaking the cycle of meningitis A epidemics, leading the safe, effective technology to be approved by WHO through its prequalification process for use in infants, and paving the way for protecting millions more children at risk of the deadly disease.
Dr Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General for Family, Women's and Children's Health has been appointed the new Vice Chair of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Board effective 1 January 2015.
As part of her responsibilities as Vice Chair of the Board, Dr Bustreo will also be the Chair of the Board’s Governance Committee and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee.
WHO welcomes the commitment by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to support the procurement of vaccines as soon as WHO recommends one for use.
"This is yet another example of the rapid mobilization from partners and stakeholders to respond to the Ebola outbreak with innovative products. If the vaccines currently being tested live up to their promise of safety and efficacy, this will be the fastest vaccine development and roll-out in history", said Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General of Health Systems and Innovation.
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