Record-breaking resultTarget of 7.5 billion US dollars is surpassed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

A health centre in Abeokuta, Nigeria, where babies are immunised against polio.

A health centre in Abeokuta, Nigeria, where babies are immunised against polio.

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Germany's G7 Presidency got under way with an overwhelming triumph at the Gavi pledging conference. At the close of the event, German Development Minister Gerd Müller thanked all participants for the record-breaking result. The start of Germany's G7 Presidency could not have been better, Müller said. "The 7.539 billion dollars that were pledged today mean that an additional 300 million children in the world's poorest countries can be vaccinated. The efforts made in recent years can thus be substantially enhanced and further expanded. For the period from 2016 to 2020, there will be 600 million euros just from the increases in German support. These funds are also intended to support efforts to develop an Ebola vaccine and establish basic health care structures in the affected countries. We want to ensure that by 2030 no more children, anywhere in the world, will die from preventable diseases."

Gavi replenishment conference in Berlin, from left to right: Seth Berkley (CEO of Gavi), Bill Gates (founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Erna Solberg (Prime Minister of Norway), Jakaya Kikwete (President of Tanzania), German Chancellor Angela Merkel,  Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (President of Mali), German Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller, Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe and Dagfinn Høybråten (Gavi Board Chair)

Gavi replenishment conference in Berlin, from left to right: Seth Berkley (CEO of Gavi), Bill Gates (founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Erna Solberg (Prime Minister of Norway), Jakaya Kikwete (President of Tanzania), German Chancellor Angela Merkel,  Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (President of Mali), German Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller, Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe and Dagfinn Høybråten (Gavi Board Chair)

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Around midday, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel informed the conference participants – some 200 international guests including the Presidents of Mali and Tanzania, the Norwegian Prime Minister and numerous Health Ministers from around the world – that Germany would be increasing its contribution. The Chancellor also announced an initiative for improved crisis management in the health sector. This is to include a pool of medical staff – "white helmets" – who can be mobilised rapidly.

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance supports immunisation in the 73 poorest countries of the world. Since its inception in 2000, Gavi has helped provide immunisation to 500 million children, thus averting seven million deaths.

Partners of the Alliance include countries, international organisations such as Unicef and the World Bank, companies and private donors, for instance the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.