Gavi [to 25 February 2017]
23 February 2017
Gavi seeks to support innovative solutions to improve vaccine delivery
To propose cutting edge technology that could save lives, apply to INFUSE 2017
Geneva, 23 February 2017 – To ensure vaccines reach all the world’s children, Gavi is inviting entrepreneurs and businesses to identify innovations in vaccine delivery by applying to its INFUSE initiative.
With global immunisation coverage stalled at around 80% for several years and 19 million children missing out on a full course of basic vaccines, Gavi launched INFUSE – Innovation for Uptake, Scale and Equity in Immunisation – in 2016. This aims to find new thinking and technology that will help modernise often outdated vaccine delivery systems and then accelerate the expansion of these solutions.
“The speed with which the disease outbreaks disrupt the lives of children in the world’s poorest countries is only getting faster. We need to keep up and find new innovative solutions to evolving challenges and gaps in immunisation coverage which affect the most vulnerable children”, said Managing Director of resource mobilisation and private sector partnerships Marie-Ange Saraka-Yao.
“To create these solutions, we started INFUSE. This platform brings together global problem solvers who can find new ways to accelerate immunisation coverage and reduce inequities in access to vaccination for the world’s poorest children.”
Following last year’s launch at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Gavi has already helped one of INFUSE’s initial pacesetters, Nexleaf Analytics, forge a partnership with Google.org. Together these two companies are working to provide real-time data solutions to keep vaccines cold and safe in developing countries…