The vaccine goal

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Accelerate the uptake and use of underused and new vaccines by strengthening country decision-making and introduction

Vaccine goal

By the end of the 2011–2015 period, all Gavi-supported countries had introduced the pentavalent vaccine. We also helped accelerate access to new vaccines, in particular pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines, which protect against the main causes of pneumonia and deadly diarrhoea.

Country introduction targets for pentavalent, pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines were reached more than one year ahead of schedule.

We also started supporting several new vaccines in this period, including those protecting against human papillomavirus (HPV), rubella, Japanese encephalitis and polio.

More than 200 vaccine introductions

We supported more than 200 vaccine introductions and campaigns in the 2011–2015 period – four times as many as in the previous five years.

Goal-level indicators

Strategic objectives


1.5 million

In 2012, approximately 6.6 million children died before the age of five. WHO estimates that 1.5 million of these deaths are due to vaccine-preventable diseases.


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