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Bold Plan To Accelerate Vaccine Access Must be Matched with Bold Political Commitments

May 20, 2014 – The ACTION global health advocacy partnership applauds a bold new plan to accelerate progress on vaccines, and urges donors to answer the GAVI Alliance’s call for funding to ensure this plan becomes reality.

In Brussels today, the GAVI Alliance announced it would seek to raise an additional USD 7.5 billion from donors to immunize more than 300 million children and save more than 5 million additional lives between 2016 and 2020. GAVI’s ask represents only a 15% funding increase, but the Alliance is estimating it can increase impact in lives saved by between 25 to 50% over the previous five-year period.

“GAVI’s announcement represents an exciting acceleration in global work to end preventable child deaths. More children than ever before will be able to receive lifesaving vaccines, giving them a chance to lead a healthy life and fulfill their potential,” said Alison Root, ACTION Deputy Director. “This ambitious vision can only be fulfilled with commitment and funding from donors.”

Since it was created in 2000, the GAVI Alliance has saved 6 million lives and supported the immunization of 440 million children by financing the purchase of vaccines in the world’s poorest countries, and helping to shape markets to reduce the price of vaccines.

The Alliance has driven these impressive gains with nearly $12 billion in funding to date from donors. In a recently-released scorecard, ACTION found donors haven’t just committed those pledges, but have actually delivered on them. An impressive 14 out of 17 major donors have delivered on their current commitments to the GAVI Alliance, providing encouraging momentum as GAVI enters this next replenishment period.

Germany also announced it would host the GAVI Alliance pledging conference in early 2015, though early pledges, such as the one made by the European Commission today, are encouraged as signals to build support amongst additional donors.

"Every child deserves a healthy start to life. As Canada gets set to host a summit on maternal and child health at the end of the month, we are urging our Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take the lead and make a commitment to GAVI," said Amy Bartlett, Executive Director of RESULTS Canada, an ACTION partner. 

Join @ACTION_Tweets in the #vaccineswork #vaccelerate2020 conversation about ending vaccine-preventable deaths.

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ACTION is a global partnership of advocacy organizations working in 10 countries to influence policy to mobilize resources to fight diseases of poverty and improve equitable access to health services.