USAID: Support for GAVI shortfall

USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, in a major address at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), noted “the transformative public health impact of vaccines over the past decade and the potential of new immunisations against pneumococcal disease and the rotavirus to save 4 million lives and achieve a new breakthrough in global health and development.”  Dr. Shah described vaccines as “the best public health investment we can make” as he presented the U.S. Agency for International Development’s global health priorities and new initiatives. Shah also praised GAVI “as a proven mechanism and pledged to increase support in response to its financing needs and first ever replenishment.” He noted, “We will focus on one of the best lifesaving investments USAID has ever made: the first public funding of GAVI, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. That initial investment has led to the prevention of more than 5 million childhood deaths, a mammoth return on investment by any account. We will expand our support of GAVI and help it address its current funding shortfall.”