29 April 2020
Today, the UK Government announced that it will provide funding to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, equivalent of £330 million a year over the next five years. This will help to provide vaccinations to 75 million children from low-and middle-income countries around the world. In response, the British Society for Immunology has released the following statement.
Dr Doug Brown, Chief Executive of the British Society for Immunology, said:
“The UK’s renewed support for the work of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is an initiative that our country can be truly proud of. As the British Society for Immunology’s recent report shows, the UK is a world leader in vaccine research and it’s important that we ensure that this excellence is reflected in the provision of vaccines to children around the world. Vaccination saves and transforms lives through preventing the spread of infectious diseases. In this era of COVID-19, the crucial role that vaccines play in protecting our health and keeping our world safe has been brought into sharp focus. In the global world in which we live, supporting Gavi to deliver vaccines to some of world’s poorest children will bring immeasurable benefits to these individuals and the societies in which they live and a healthier and safer future for all of us.”
The British Society for Immunology recently released a new report highlighting the role of UK vaccine research in improving global public health. You can download a full copy of the report here.