Gavi welcomes contribution from the United Arab Emirates

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US$ 5 million pledge will support INFUSE initiative, started in 2016 to help modernise vaccine delivery systems

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Geneva, 21 August 2017 – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has committed US$ 5 million to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to support its Innovation for Uptake, Scale and Equity in Immunisation (INFUSE) initiative. Launched at the 2016 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, INFUSE helps developing countries accelerate the introduction of tried and tested technology which will modernise their immunisation systems.

“The Vaccine Alliance plays a pivotal role in encouraging innovation in immunisation and health system strengthening,” said Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi. “We are very grateful to the UAE and, in particular, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan for this contribution. Thanks to support from partners like the UAE, we will achieve our goal of reaching 300 million more children with life-saving vaccines by 2020”.

With immunisation systems in developing countries often reliant on technologies that have not been updated in years, INFUSE seeks private sector innovations with proven potential to improve vaccine delivery. It then “infuses” each with capital and expertise from Alliance partners to fast track their introduction into national immunisation programmes.

Last month, an INFUSE workshop in Barcelona, also attended by UAE representative, identified several cutting edge innovations which could transform immunisation uptake and health service delivery in the world’s poorest countries. The UAE contribution will be disbursed from 2017 to 2020 – a period in which Gavi‘s mission is focused on improving coverage and equity for immunisation.

“The United Arab Emirates is happy to strengthen its partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to support its mission of saving children’s lives and protecting people’s health through immunisation,” said Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation. “We believe that INFUSE innovations can make a real difference to developing countries and look forward to contributing to their growth to make sure that every child is protected with life-saving vaccines”.

The contribution has been made under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. His Highness has been a great champion and supporter of immunisation programmes in many countries. In 2011, he made his first pledge to support immunisation in developing countries through Gavi.

 

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is supported by donor governments (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, the People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Russia, South Africa, Spain, the State of Qatar, the Sultanate of Oman, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States), the European Commission, Alwaleed Philanthropies, the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as well as private and corporate partners (Absolute Return for Kids, Anglo American plc., The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, China Merchants Group, Comic Relief, Deutsche Post DHL, the ELMA Vaccines and Immunization Foundation, Girl Effect, The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (IFPW), the Gulf Youth Alliance, JP Morgan, “la Caixa” Foundation, LDS Charities, Lions Clubs International Foundation, Majid Al Futtaim, Philips, Unilever, UPS and Vodafone).

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