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GAVI Alliance On Track To Immunize Quarter Billion Children By 2015, Report Shows

“The GAVI Alliance … has announced it is on track to immunize a quarter of a billion children against killer diseases by 2015,” VOA News reports (Schlein, 10/14). “That’s the conclusion of the Mid-Term Review report, a comprehensive and transparent assessment published [Monday] aimed at examining the progress GAVI has made midway through its current strategic period from 2011 to 2015, and the challenges it faces in meeting its commitments to developing countries and to donors,” a press release from the organization states, adding, “The report is being published two weeks before GAVI partners — including the [WHO], UNICEF, the World Bank, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, implementing and donor countries, civil society organizations and vaccine manufacturers — meet in Stockholm for the Alliance’s Mid-Term Review” (10/14). “The organization said nearly four million children’s lives will be saved thanks to these additional vaccinations,” VOA writes, noting, “GAVI introduced pentavalent vaccines in 2001 with the aim of reaching all 73 GAVI-eligible countries by 2014” (10/14).