Germany increases GAVI support commitment

GAVI reported that Germany will contribute €30 million to the GAVI Alliance in 2012, up from €20 million in 2011. The announcement from Germany’s Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) was made ahead of the G8 summit and is part of a plan to implement last year’s G8 commitment to the Muskoka initiative for maternal and child health. In a media release, Gudrun Kopp, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, said, “An important part of the G8 Muskoka implementation is to work more closely with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, GAVI…GAVI is doing an excellent job and has financed the immunisation of more than 280 million children in the last decade. We have therefore increased our contributions to €20 million in 2011, a fivefold increase compared with previous years. I am happy to announce that we are planning another increase to €30 million in 2012.”

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has offered to match the 2011 and 2012 increases with a €24 million contribution of its own.