GAVI announces fresh support from Sweden, U.S.

 GAVI announced new support from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs which will contribute US$55.5 million to support its 2012 immunisation programmes.  The contribution includes an additional US$18.5 million from Sweden’s initial commitment, which was announced at the GAVI pledging conference on 13 June 2011. Sweden is the first GAVI donor to further increase its contribution following the conference. GAVI also expressed “its deep appreciation” to the U.S. for an increase in funding secured in the Fiscal Year 2012 omnibus spending bill passed by the US Congress on 17 December. The omnibus bill recommends that GAVI receive US$100 million, an increase of US$10.2 million over the US$89.8 million appropriated in FY2011. Seth Berkley, CEO of the GAVI Alliance, commented, “Working with our partners, including USAID, we aim to immunise a quarter of a billion children by 2015. We are grateful, that despite significant fiscal constraints, Congress has approved funding that will allow us to continue this important work and build on the measurable results we’ve achieved over more than a decade.”