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Global Coalition on Aging and Pfizer Global Medical Grants Partner to Launch Grant Program to Increase Vaccine Usage Among Older Adults in Japan
The $1 million VALUE initiative will build on Japan’s 2019 G20 leadership
(NEW YORK – November 19, 2019) – The Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA) and Pfizer Global Medical Grants today officially launched a partnership to improve uptake of vaccines among Japanese older adults. Through $1 million USD in grant awards, the Vaccines for All: Longevity Unleashed for Everyone (VALUE) initiative will support, advance, and validate quality improvement strategies that measurably increase the number of older adults in Japan who are immunized against at least one targeted vaccine-preventable disease. It will also uncover pathways for more effective management of health costs in Japan’s aging society.
“Vaccines are one of the great success stories of public health in the 20th century, and just as we have and will continue to invest in our children’s health through vaccination schedules and global initiatives, we now recognize under the Japan G20 leadership that adults, too, are in scope for global immunization efforts,” said Michael W. Hodin, CEO of GCOA. “As a super-aging society, Japan has an opportunity to leverage an immunization prevention strategy, one of the most important and cost-effective tools in our public health arsenal. Action is urgent, especially as there will soon be 2 billion of us over 60, and, for the first time in the history of humanity, more old than young globally.”…