GAVI Watch [to 30 May 2015]

GAVI Watch [to 30 May 2015]
:: Oman commits US$ 3 million to support childhood immunisation
28 May 2015
First time pledge will enable Gavi to reach children with life-saving vaccines.

Geneva, 28 May 2015 – The Government of the Sultanate of Oman today committed US$ 3 million to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance – the first time Oman has provided funds to help Gavi reach children with vaccines in the world’s poorest countries.

“Oman is joining the global drive to protect children from potentially-fatal diseases,” said Dr Seth Berkley, Gavi CEO. “This new contribution will help us achieve our goal of supporting developing countries to immunise 300 million more children between 2016 and 2020, saving up to six million more lives.”

Oman’s contribution comes days after the World Health Assembly agreed on a resolution to improve access to sustainable supplies of affordable vaccines and highlighted the important role immunisation plays in reducing child deaths while also being a highly cost-effective public health intervention…