• Press releases, 2010

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  • Access official press releases from 2010, illustrating the key aspects of the Vaccine Alliance's work

  • 12 December 2010

    Nicaragua pneumococcal launch Dec 2010

    Pneumococcal vaccine introduced in Nicaragua

    A new vaccine which prevents the most deadly forms of pneumonia - the world's number one killer of children - was introduced today in the routine immunisation programme of a developing country, paving the way to introductions in more than 40 developing countries.

    01 December 2010

    GAVI Alliance set to save four million lives by 2015

    More than 240 million additional children will be immunised in the next five years saving four million lives, but only if the GAVI Alliance receives the funds required to accelerate the introduction of new and under-used vaccines in the developing world.

    30 November 2010

    Kigali Board - field visit Dagfinn

    GAVI Alliance Board elects Dagfinn Høybråten as new Chair

    Former Norwegian Minister of Health and current member of parliament Dagfinn Høybråten was unanimously elected by the GAVI Alliance Board as its new Chair, GAVI announced on the first day of its board meeting taking place in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.

    26 November 2010

    Pentavalent price-drop graph

    Price of life-saving vaccine expected to drop significantly in 2011

    A life-saving vaccine against five deadly diseases will now be less expensive for the world's poorest children, the GAVI Alliance announced today.

    23 November 2010

    GAVI offers countries new opportunity to apply for life-saving vaccines

    The GAVI Alliance has issued a new call for applications from developing countries keen to protect more of their children from disease with new vaccines.

    23 November 2010

    IFFIm successfully prices its inaugural benchmark in Australian dollars

    The International Finance Facility for Immunisation Company (IFFIm) today priced its inaugural Australian dollar benchmark. The AUD 400 million, five‐year bonds provide investors with a unique opportunity to help protect millions of children in the world's poorest countries against preventable diseases.

    16 November 2010

    la Caixa stimulates child vaccination with a new contribution of 3 million euros

    HRH Princess Cristina, Director of the International Area of the "la Caixa" Foundation, and Mary Robinson, Chair of the GAVI Alliance Board, ex-President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, renewed this morning at Caixa Forum Madrid the commitment of "la Caixa" to the eradication of child mortality with the donation to GAVI of 3 million euros.

    12 November 2010

    WPD Jet deau blue

    Geneva marks World Pneumonia Day by turning landmark fountain blue

    The City of Geneva marked World Pneumonia Day Friday by turning its iconic 140-metre high fountain, the "Jet d'Eau", blue, the official color of the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia.

    11 November 2010

    World Pneumonia Day to be marked by superheroes, politicians, stars and a Geneva landmark turned blue

    Superheroes, stars, politicians, health workers, development experts, children and thousands of concerned citizens around the world will on Friday 12 November mark World Pneumonia Day, highlighting the world's leading killer of children under five years old.

    27 October 2010

    Luxembourg signing at GAVI 10.2010

    Luxembourg gives € 4.1 million for immunisation

    Luxembourg signed an agreement with the GAVI Alliance on Wednesday to give € 4.1 million (US $ 5.7 million). This multi-year pledge will help protect millions of children against vaccine-preventable diseases.

    06 October 2010

    Canada announces continued major support to global immunisation

    The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced a major Canadian government contribution to the GAVI Alliance (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization).

    06 October 2010

    Australia doubles its GAVI commitment to US$ 58 million over three years

    With a new pledge of A$ 60 million (US$ 58 million) over three years, the Government of Australia doubled its previous commitment to the GAVI Alliance on Wednesday and set the pace for other donors at a meeting in New York.

    05 October 2010

    Ban Ki-moon NY Oct 6

    Immunisation's vital role in UN health strategy

    Immunisation and the work of the GAVI Alliance is vital to the UN's global strategy to improve the health of hundreds of millions of women and children by expanding access to basic healthcare, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the launch of the GAVI Alliance's first replenishment process in New York.

    22 September 2010

    Korean contribution signing JLL 22.09.2010

    GAVI Alliance welcomes Korean contribution

    The GAVI Alliance has welcomed a US$ 1 million contribution from the Republic of Korea, the first Asian donor to support the Geneva-based global health partnership whose work on immunisation has saved 5.4 million lives in the past 10 years.

    20 September 2010

    Immunisation is key to achieving child survival goals

    Immunising children against preventable diseases is critical to achieving United Nations-led goals to reduce child deaths, global health and development chiefs said in New York today.

    14 September 2010

    IFRC advocacy report 2010 cover

    The unfinished business of immunisation

    New vaccines against the pneumococcal bacteria and rotavirus could save more than one million children's lives each year, but a US$ 4 billion gap in funding threatens these and other immunisation programmes, a report published jointly today by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the GAVI Alliance, said.

    31 August 2010

    Lakeside exhibit 2010

    Lakeside exhibition highlights the power of immunisation to save children’s lives

    To mark a major United Nations summit on child health and poverty reduction, the GAVI Alliance is staging an exhibition beside the lake in Geneva about the power of immunisation to save and protect children's lives.

    18 August 2010

    Aid donors in Nepal agree to joint financing

    The Government of Nepal received a significant boost to its efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality and illness after its leading aid donors signed a new unprecedented joint financing arrangement today.

    11 August 2010

    Julian Lob-Levyt

    Julian Lob-Levyt to leave GAVI Alliance for major role in private sector

    Julian Lob-Levyt will step down as CEO of the GAVI Alliance in October to take up a major role in the private sector after leading the public-private global health partnership through nearly six years of growth and innovation.

    06 August 2010

    New evidence in Asia demonstrates significant protection against rotavirus disease

    Findings reinforce research from other low-income, high-burden settings — including Africa — that show rotavirus vaccination can have a major public health impact.

    26 July 2010

    Global health organisations call for increased commitments to maternal and child health at African Union Summit

    On the occasion of the African Union Summit, global health organisations are calling for increased commitments to improve the health of women and children in Africa in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

    22 July 2010

    A breakthrough for child survival in the poorest nations and America's cities

    A Johns Hopkins University scientist, whose team of researchers recently identified pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria as the primary causes of death of 6 million of the world's poorest children, today called on leaders in donor and developing nations to take action to address the terrible death toll.

    18 June 2010

    Millions of children at risk of going unimmunised

    Millions of children in the world's poorest countries must be protected against diarrhoea and pneumonia with new life-saving vaccines in spite of the global economic crisis, donors to the GAVI Alliance have vowed.

    16 June 2010

    Child waving progress report 2009 front

    GAVI urges donors to tackle biggest child killers

    Marking the Day of the African Child, the GAVI Alliance is launching its 10th anniversary Progress Report that lays out the achievements of developing countries in saving children's lives through immunisation.

    04 June 2010

    Japanese retail investors offered vaccine bonds

    The International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm), in collaboration with GAVI Alliance, the World Bank and HSBC Securities (Japan) Limited, announced today that it will begin offering vaccine investment bonds, also known as "vaccine bonds", to Japanese retail investors starting 7 June 2010.

    21 May 2010

    Rwanda health clinic 2010 - injection

    Governments unite against pneumonia

    The GAVI Alliance welcomes the commitment made by nations at the World Health Assembly in Geneva today to combat the world's biggest killer of children under five.

    20 May 2010

    May 2010 Japan press club D Ferreira J Tanguy

    Japanese investors continue to show strong interest in IFFIm

    Bonds which raise money to ensure that children in the world's poorest countries can be protected against deadly diseases have proved remarkably popular with Japanese retail investors, particularly women who account for around half the buyers in recent transactions.

    30 April 2010

    Guyana tackles second biggest killer of children

    The GAVI Alliance and its partners welcome Guyana's introduction this week of vaccinations against rotavirus, the primary cause of the most common and lethal cause of diarrhoea in young children.

    23 March 2010

    Rwanda - mother being handed vaccine card in health centre

    World's poorest children among first to receive new life-saving pneumococcal vaccines

    Millions of infants and young children in the world's poorest countries will receive potentially life-saving vaccines that help protect against pneumococcal disease, including pneumonia -- the world's biggest childhood killer, thanks to new agreements made with two major pharmaceutical firms, the GAVI Alliance announced today.

    29 January 2010

    Media advisory - Bill and Melinda Gates to announce major new vaccine funding

    Press conference to announce major new Gates Foundation commitment to vaccine development and delivery.

    11 January 2010

    Ireland supporting immunisation for children in developing countries

    Ireland has reaffirmed its commitment to children in the developing world by announcing a further €1 million in funding to the GAVI Alliance to immunise vulnerable children.

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