Donors Pledge $7.5B To Gavi Through 2020; Money Will Help Immunize 300M Children Worldwide

News outlets discuss the outcomes of a pledging conference for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which took place this week in Berlin.

Agence France-Presse: Donors pledge $7.5 bn to extend child vaccine drive
“Countries and private donors have pledged $7.5 billion (6.6 billion euros) to help immunize 300 million more children in developing countries over the next five years, a major vaccine alliance announced Tuesday…” (1/27).

Devex: Yes we can: $7.5B Gavi goal reached in Berlin
“…Since its inception in 2000, [Gavi] has helped administer vaccines to more than 500 million children, preventing seven million fatalities. The emphasis in Berlin was on accelerating that progress, with the intention of immunizing a further 300 million children and preventing five million to six million deaths…” (Okwonga, 1/28).

Devex: China makes first aid commitment to Gavi
“…[F]or the first time, China has pledged support for Gavi, promising to contribute $5 million over the next five years. This means all BRIC donors are now contributing funding to the alliance, although Brazil, Russia, and India have yet to announce their pledges for this replenishment round…” (Ravelo, 1/27).

Financial Times: Donors pledge $7.5bn to supply vaccines
“…The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation committed $1.5bn to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi) over the next five years … The U.K. — long the biggest donor to Gavi — was the only country to equal the Gates pledge, although the U.S. committed $1bn over a shorter four-year time span…” (Ward, 1/27).

The Hill: U.S. pledges $1B for global vaccination campaign
“The United States is promising $1 billion in funding for a global organization dedicated to vaccinating children in poor countries against disease, pending congressional approval…” (Viebeck, 1/27).

NPR: For Dollars Donated To Vaccine Campaigns, Norway Wears The Crown
“…The largest single donor was the United Kingdom, which ponied up $1.573 billion. The second leading donor was the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ($1.550 Billion) followed by Norway and the United States…” The article features a table of donors and pledge amounts (Beaubien, 1/27).

Reuters: Gates, U.K. take lead in $7.5 billion pledge for children’s vaccines
“…German development minister Gerd Mueller said the total reached $7.54 billion, surpassing GAVI’s target of $7.5 billion, despite a stronger dollar complicating funding efforts…” (Brown, 1/27).

Wall Street Journal: U.S. to Give $1 Billion to Fund Immunizations
“…The U.S. is a longtime donor to international immunization efforts led by the international public-private partnership, but this latest pledge, for 2015 through 2018, is its largest by far, amounting to $250 million a year. The previous U.S. donation, made in 2011, was for $450 million over three years, or $150 million a year…” (McKay, 1/26).

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