COVID 19: Global vaccine mission secures $7.4 billion; India joins UK`s mission

Clay Curtis
June 7, 2020

The Global Vaccine Summit, hosted by the United Kingdom, raised 8.8 billion USA dollars to support vaccination and save more lives.

The virtual meeting on Thursday beat a funding target of $7.4bn for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to provide vaccines at a reduced cost to 300 million children worldwide over the next five years, the global group said. In that time, Gavi has immunized more than three-quarters of a billion children, saved 13 million lives, and cut child mortality in half in supported countries.

First, to find safe ways to continue delivering vaccinations, even as COVID-19 spreads.

"Vaccines work, and 86 per cent of the world's children have been reached by routine immunization", said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

He also said India did it so by sharing the country's available stocks of medicines with over 120 countries, by forging a common response strategy in its immediate neighborhood and by providing specific support to countries that sought it, while also protecting India's own vast population. View the full list of donor governments and other leading organizations that fund Gavi's work here.

On Thursday, India announced $ 15 million (about Rs 113 crore) to the International Vaccine Alliance. "Gavi is not just a global alliance, it is also a symbol of global solidarity and a reminder that by helping others, we can also help ourselves", he said.

Guterres also drew attention to the plight of 20 million children globally who have not followed vaccination programs, noting that one in ten children has had no vaccines at all.

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The UK is the largest supporter of Gavi to date, with International Development Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan recently announcing the UK's £1.65 billion pledge - funding which will immunise up to 75 million children.

As the world focuses on tackling coronavirus, the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF and Gavi have warned that the pandemic is disrupting routine immunisation, affecting approximately 80 million children under the age of one across 68 countries.

Through a video message, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called coronavirus "the greatest public health crisis of our generation", and urged all countries and world leaders to come forwards in solidarity to fight against this pandemic that has already claimed more than 383,000 deaths worldwide.

"We face the very real prospect of a global resurgence of diseases like measles, polio and yellow fever, which would put us all at risk".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain has been honored to host the summit.

Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen said, "Building up immunisation systems is a fundamental part of the work the European Union does with partner countries and Gavi to strengthen health systems, which will be more important than ever on our road to recovery from COVID-19".

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