04 June 2020

Every Woman Every Child Supports GAVI’s Global Vaccine Summit 2020

Every Woman Every Child is proud to support GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, and the Global Vaccine Summit 2020, which launched today in London. 

This year’s Global Vaccine Summit, hosted by the government of the United Kingdom, is the culmination of an 18-month drive to raise $7.4 billion that will be used to protect children against 18 diseases, immunize an additional 300 million people worldwide, and save up to 8 million lives by 2025. On 5 March 2020, the High-level Steering Group for Every Woman Every Child (EWEC), Chaired by the UN Secretary-General, affirmed their commitment and unwavering support for a full GAVI replenishment. The event, which will be live-streamed on Gavi’s website and Twitter page, will feature speakers including the Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the U.K., Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Heads of State of Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, and Bangladesh, respectively, and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO and Chair of the H6. (Full event program here.)

On the eve of the Global Vaccine Summit 2020, five manufacturers have committed to increasing and prioritising HPV vaccine supply to Gavi-supported countries, which have among the highest cervical cancer burdens in the world. GAVI estimates that up to 84 million girls in the poorest countries could receive HPV vaccines in the next 5-year period, averting 1.4 million future cervical cancer deaths. This will have a profound impact on the lives and well-being of adolescent girls and further the EWEC Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.

Supporting access to vaccines for infants and children is crucial during this pandemic. After COVID-19 became global, polio vaccination campaigns have been suspended and 23 countries have already suspended their measles campaigns. Experts are now bracing themselves for a disease surge that could undo years of gains due to wide-spread disruption of life-saving immunization services which is projected to put 80 million children at risk of disease. GAVI would use its funds not only to fill in these gaps, but also to strengthen countries’ health systems and build the infrastructure necessary to quickly deliver a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available. 

Vaccine access must be prioritized during this pandemic to protect the health and well-being of women,children and adolescents. GAVI has always done essential and life-saving work: since it was founded in 2000, GAVI has supported vaccination in 68 of the world’s poorest countries. Now, GAVI’s work is more important than ever, and Every Woman Every Child stands with and is fully committed to this critical alliance and to a full replenishment to help end preventable deaths among women, children and adolescents by 2030. .