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Replenishment conference

Gavi conference lays foundation for global immunisation campaign, says Minister Müller


Vaccinating babies against polio in a health station in Abeokuta, Nigeria

04.06.2020 |

Commenting on the conference of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which is taking place today, German Development Minister Gerd Müller said:

"At today's pledging conference for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, we are laying the foundation for a global immunisation campaign. This is about the biggest distribution of vaccines ever in record time. Fortunately, we will not be starting from scratch. The vaccine alliance is already doing an excellent job in fighting dangerous diseases, and it has built distribution chains reaching all the way to the remotest of villages. In Ghana and Rwanda, vaccines are delivered to remote health posts by drones.

This has made it possible for 760 million poor children to be vaccinated against diseases such as measles, polio and pneumonia – German support has contributed to this achievement. Polio has almost been eradicated.

In order to enable Gavi to continue to do this vitally important work, Germany will support Gavi again in the next five years, providing 600 million euros. Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel has also announced that Germany will commit 100 million euros to Gavi to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will go towards immunising another 300 million children against dangerous diseases and towards improving health infrastructure. With these investments, we will save millions of lives. We are also using these structures now to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Germany, the world's third-largest donor in the health sector, is taking on responsibility in the international arena. It is good to see that other countries, too, are going to expand their support so as to make it possible to achieve the goal of a replenishment for Gavi of at least 7.4 billion US dollars for the next five years."

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