2nd Global meeting on implementing new and under-utilized vaccines, 23-25 June 2008
In the concluding session, reference was made to the urgency for finding solutions to ensure that all countries are able not only to introduce but sustain use of the vaccines needed most by their populations. The need for countries to increase their own budgets for immunization in a timely manner given increasing competition for development aid was emphasized. In some areas, such as financial planning, incremental gains can be made by building on existing tools and processes. In other areas, such as vaccine management, more visionary thinking is required. Much can be learned from countries in the Americas, in which the majority of immunization financing comes from domestic sources.
Throughout the meeting, the importance of effective and evolving partnership and adequate funding to take forward the recommendations of the group was emphasized.