World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2015

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15 years of saving lives and improving health in the world’s poorest countries

Klaus Schwab with Seth Berkley

Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum and Seth Berkley, Gavi CEO, at the session 'Rising to a Global Challenge: The 15th Anniversary of Gavi' Credit: WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/ Monika Flueckiger

The spotlight turned on the Vaccine Alliance at the World Economic Forum in Davos 2015. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Gavi at the same place where the Alliance was born a decade and a half ago, CEO Seth Berkley announced that 500m children have been reached through Gavi-supported routine immunisation since 2000, resulting in 7m lives saved.

The Gavi moment comes a few days before the Berlin Pledging Conference (26-27 January) when partners and donors will come together under the patronage of German Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel to secure the US$ 7.5 billion required to fund vaccine programmes in the world’s poorest countries from 2016 to 2020.

I am very proud because Gavi was born here in Davos 15 years ago. It is one of the initiatives which you make possible through collaboration between the public and the private sector.  

Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum (Davos)

The big problems of the world ... require new and effective partnerships that can tap the best of the public and private sectors and be learning efforts that constantly innovate.  

Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance


Watch video of the World Economic Forum’s celebration of Gavi’s 15th anniversary.

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