Global leaders committed to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance’s vision to immunise hundreds of millions of children in the world’s poorest countries as they celebrated Gavi’s 20th anniversary at the 2020 World Economic Forum (WEF), citing remarkable progress since its inception.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced at WEF that Germany will commit €600 million for the 2021-25 five-year period.
This pledge will contribute towards Gavi's goal of immunising an additional 300 million children in the world's poorest countries between 2021 and 2025, saving more than seven million lives.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation also announced on the sidelines of the WEF in Davos that it will renew its US$75 million contribution to the Gavi Matching Fund.
Twenty years on, Gavi has vaccinated more than 760 million children and now helps to vaccinate almost half of the world’s children every year against deadly and debilitating infectious diseases.
The UK government and Gavi will hold a major donor pledging conference in London on 3-4 June 2020 to raise funds needed for the 2021-25 period.
"Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance works: Globally we have made huge progress on protecting people from preventable diseases such as polio, measles and diarrhoeal," said Dr Gerd Muller, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development.