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Supply division procures the majority of Gavi's vaccines

Country offices help plan and implement Gavi-backed immunisation programmes


Katerine Brisbois DSC_0347 UNICEFAs the world's biggest buyer and supplier of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF has a pivotal role both in implementing Gavi-supported country immunisation programmes and shaping the Vaccine Alliance's policies.

In 2014 UNICEF's supply division in Copenhagen (Denmark) procured all the vaccines for Gavi-supported programmes at a total cost of US$ 1 billion; UNICEF's total procurement of vaccines in 2014 amounted to US$ 1.48 billion. In addition to vaccines and equipment, the supply division also provides technical assistance and management support to the Vaccine Alliance. It promotes vaccine security by working with manufacturers to ensure a reliable supply of quality and affordable vaccines and with developing governments to assess their vaccine needs. 

Global Immunisation Vision

Role on the Gavi Board

UNICEF has a permanent seat on the Gavi Board currently chaired by Geeta Rao Gupta, UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director. It is a member of Gavi's Executive Committee and committees on Governance and Audit and Finance.

Through its network of country offices, UNICEF works closely with local health managers and WHO to:

  • improve the planning and supervision of immunisation activities;
  • ensure a regular supply of vaccines;
  • support training for health workers.

UNICEF seeks to ensure immunisation is recognised as one essential way to protect the health and future of children and gives particular attention to advocacy and communications.

It works with ministries of health and local leaders, media and civil society to motivate communities and ensure they have accurate, trusted, and reliable information on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.

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