Sabin Vaccine Institute [to 4 March 2017]

Sabin Vaccine Institute [to 4 March 2017]
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
European Leaders Gather in Georgia for Regional Workshop on Immunization Legislation
TBILISI, GEORGIA — March 1, 2017 — Today, the Sabin Vaccine Institute and the Government of Georgia assembled senior officials from Armenia, Georgia and Moldova to develop legislative roadmaps that will support the sustainability of national immunization programs to protect more than 16.6 million people.
As low- or middle-income countries, many countries in Eastern Europe received significant support from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to purchase vaccines for their citizens. National immunization programs in Eastern Europe have reduced vaccine-preventable disease and improved quality of life. For instance, recent introductions of rotavirus vaccines have led to rapid reductions in hospitalizations in Armenia and Moldova, and have contributed to a 68 percent average decrease in child mortality from diarrheal disease in Armenia, Georgia and Moldova between 2000 and 2015.
However, due to their rising national incomes, Armenia, Georgia and Moldova will soon be ineligible for Gavi support. These countries must transition to independent management and financing of immunization with domestic resources. Failure to continue these Gavi-supported immunization programs by shielding them from competing domestic priorities endangers citizens’ health by risking the extraordinary public health benefits provided by current immunization programs…