2nd Global meeting on implementing new and under-utilized vaccines, 23-25 June 2008
As more new vaccines become available, national health authorities are finding it increasingly challenging to meet the cost of including such vaccines in their routine immunization programmes. The GAVI Alliance continues to support countries with GNI of less than US$ 1000 per capita in the introduction of new vaccines. However, in the coming years, these countries will need to take increasing financial responsibility for immunization financing in view of the changing health and immunization financing landscape. Financing is a particular hurdle for lower middle-income countries (LMICs) which do not currently benefit from any global initiative to support the accelerated introduction and financing of new vaccines. In the past couple of years, in line with the WHO-UNICEF Global Immunization Vision and Strategy (GIVS), countries have been developing comprehensive Multi-Year Plans for immunization (cMYPs) for their immunization programmes. cMYPs have been developed by over 70 countries to date and the cMYPs serve as a key immunization programme planning and financing tool.