Today (4 June 2020) the UK is hosting the Global Vaccine Summit 2020, Gavi’s virtual donor pledging conference. Bringing together global leaders, the summit aims to mobilise at least US $7.4 billion towards Gavi’s next strategic cycle (2021-25) to protect the next generation through vaccination.
The British Society for Immunology supports Gavi’s mission through our Celebrate Vaccines initiative, championing the role of vaccination and vaccine research in advancing global health. Our vaccine advocacy work in support of the Gavi replenishment has focused on strengthening public understanding of vaccine immunology by raising the expert voice of the immunology community.
Since 2000, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance has immunised more than 760 million children which has saved an estimated 13 million lives. Our ‘Protecting the world’ report reviews the UK's outstanding contribution to vaccine research, highlighting the critical role of the immunology community and the need for long-term strategic funding of vaccine research to improve global health.
We also led work within the European Federation of Immunological Societies that led to 10 different immunological societies writing to Ministers in their respective national governments to make the case for investment in the replenishment of Gavi.
In April 2020, the UK Government announced that it will provide funding to Gavi, equivalent of £330 million a year over the next five years. Today, world leaders join the Global Vaccine Summit to celebrate the success to date, commit to funding and understand the challenges we face, including the development, manufacturing and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
There has never been a more important time to recognise the huge role that vaccines play, not just in maintaining global health, but also in bringing economic stability and allowing our societies to thrive. Vaccines save lives. We invite you to celebrate the power of vaccines with us.
Learn more about Gavi and the Celebrate Vaccines initiative on our website, we have a range of resources you can use to show your support and engage others in the fundamental role of vaccines in improving global health.