A record-breaking year for childhood immunisation

Gavi’s CEO provides an overview of its flagship publication, launched today.

  • 16 September 2020
  • 2 min read
  • by Dr Seth Berkley
Gavi/2020/Svetlomir Slavchev
Gavi/2020/Svetlomir Slavchev


Together, we’ve vaccinated an entire generation of children – “Generation Gavi” – while maintaining a relentless focus on leaving no one behind without the life-saving power of immunisation.

Looking back over last year, Gavi’s 2019 Annual Progress Report is the fourth in a series of five covering this strategic period. Highlighting key data points, milestones and partnerships, the report offers insights into our progress during what was, in many ways, a banner year for the Vaccine Alliance.

  • Of the 65 million children immunised with Gavi support in 2019, each child is protected against on average seven infectious diseases.
  • Gavi-funded emergency stockpiles shipped more than 28 million doses in 2019 to protect people from cholera, meningococcal meningitis and yellow fever.
  • Since launching in 2000, the Vaccine Alliance has averted more than 14 million future deaths.

In 2020, we’re bringing the same relentless focus to our efforts to end the COVID-19 crisis. As we work to ensure global equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, we stand side by side with countries to ensure the legacy of COVID-19 doesn’t include the global resurgence of other killers like measles and polio. In each chapter of the Annual Progress Report, you’ll find a “Looking ahead” section that raises some of the key challenges facing immunisation today.

I hope you are as inspired by this report as I am, and that you share it with your networks. To protect the next generation with vaccines, it takes more than one organisation. It takes an alliance. It takes all of us.

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