Alliance to Protect Lives of Millions through Vaccines

GAVI Alliance was founded in 2000 by some of the world's leading donors and pharmaceutical companies to protect lives and health of millions of people around the world through the widespread use of vaccines.

GAVI Alliance

The GAVI Alliance was founded in 2000 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, the WHO, UNICEF and vaccine manufacturers, including Sanofi Pasteur, Pfizer, MSD, GSK, Novartis, and Crucell, subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Committed to saving children’s lives and protecting people’s health through the widespread use of vaccines, GAVI’s driving objective is to make a critical contribution to global immunization goals by supporting immunization programs and health systems, and accelerating the introduction of new vaccines.

Industry partners invest in the development of new vaccines and in enhanced global vaccine manufacturing capacity, including facilities in developing countries. They also help to educate healthcare providers and develop technologies to facilitate vaccine distribution.

GAVI addresses three critical gaps in the provision of vaccines:

    • between children for whom immunization is a given and the 23.2 million children worldwide with no access to vaccines;
    • between the introduction of a new vaccine in rich countries and the average 10-15 years required for the same vaccine to reach low-income countries;
    • between the need for new vaccines in developing countries and the lack of research and funds to provide them.

GAVI supports new and underused vaccines, health system strengthening, immunization services, injection safety and civil society organizations In total, GAVI has committed USD 7.2 billion since 2000. Eighty (80) percent has been committed towards the purchase of vaccines. The GAVI Fund provides financial support to low-income countries, based upon applications to and recommendations by the GAVI Alliance Board. Besides, industry partners invest in the development of new vaccines and in enhanced global vaccine manufacturing capacity, including facilities in developing countries. They also help to educate healthcare providers and develop technologies to facilitate vaccine distribution.

Between 2000 and 2008, programs within the GAVI Alliance made it possible to immunize 213 million children, which represent at least 3.4 million lives saved. By the end of 2013, GAVI had supported the immunization of 400 million additional children, who might not otherwise have had access to vaccines, and prevented over 6 million future deaths.

GAVI-supported vaccine campaigns have resulted in a further 100 million individuals being immunised against meningitis A and 68 million against yellow fever since 2000. The offensive also targets the world’s two biggest child killers, pneumonia and diarrhea. GAVI has the potential to immunize 250 million children by 2015 and prevent another four million future deaths.


  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

    Goods Supplier
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 10,000+

    We are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative medicines and brands. Our products are used by millions of people around the world,...

  • Johnson & Johnson

    Goods Supplier, Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Caring for the world, one person at a time... inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. They embrace research and science - bringing innovative ideas, products and services to...

  • Merck

    Service Providers, Goods Supplier
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Merck is an innovative, global healthcare leader that is committed to improving health and well-being around the world. At Merck, they're applying their global reach, financial strength and...

  • Novartis AG

    Goods Supplier
    Switzerland | Staff size: 10,000+

    Novartis AG, was incorporated on 1996, provides healthcare solutions. The Company is a multinational group of companies specializing in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of...

  • Pfizer

    Institute, Goods Supplier
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    At Pfizer, they apply science and their global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives.

    They strive to set the standard for quality,...

  • Sanofi Espoir Foundation

    Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    The Sanofi Espoir Corporate Foundation was created in October 2010 by Sanofi to leverage more than 15 years of commitment to international solidarity.

    It is dedicated to...

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF)

    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000
    Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive...
  • Crucell

    Goods Supplier
    Netherlands | Staff size: 501-1000

    Crucell is a biotechnology company specializing in vaccines and biopharmaceutical technologies. The firm, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is headquartered in Leiden,...

  • Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI)

    Implementing NGO, Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    Gavi is an international organisation that was created in 2000 to improve access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries. Based in Geneva,...

  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's...

  • World Bank Group

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Their mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting...

  • World Health Organization (WHO)

    Funding Agencies
    Staff size: 5001-10,000

    WHO (World Health Organisation) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters,...

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  • Start Date 2000