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‘Global Health Community Must Work Together’ To Achieve Goals Of Global Vaccine Action Plan

The Lancet: Reaching everyone, everywhere with life-saving vaccines
Margaret Chan, director general of the WHO; Chris Elias, president of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF; and Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

“…The global health community must work together to advance progress [on expanding access to immunizations]. Although governments are the main providers of immunization, the [Global Vaccine Action Plan‘s (GVAP)] success depends upon many stakeholders — families, communities, health professionals, civil society, development partners, global agencies, manufacturers, media, and the private sector. It is essential that governments show strong leadership and good governance of national immunization programs, which involves prioritizing system strengthening, securing investments, and improving surveillance capacity and data quality and use. Organizations that deliver immunization programs, research and development partners, as well as global agencies can help improve GVAP accountability, work to overcome barriers to the timely delivery of vaccines in humanitarian crisis, and support vaccine research and development in low-income and middle-income countries. Delivering on the goals and the promise of the GVAP is an urgent and essential priority. It will improve the health and wellbeing of people everywhere and help us achieve the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)], and ultimately a world in which no one — no child, no adolescent, no adult — is left behind. In 2017, we challenge countries and our own organizations to do more” (2/25).

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