Global Health Giants Come Together for Vaccine Crusade

Vaccine vials. The The World Health Organization, UNICEF, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched the Decade of Vaccines Collaboration, which aims to create a plan that will boost coordination among all stakeholders within the international vaccine community and identify critical policy and resource gaps that need to be addressed in order to maximize the lifesaving potential of vaccines. Photo by: GAVI/09/Markus Steffen

Some of the biggest players in the global health sector have forged a partnership to create a plan that will boost coordination among all stakeholders within the international vaccine community and identify critical policy and resource gaps that need to be addressed in order to maximize the lifesaving potential of vaccines.

The World Health Organization, UNICEF, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched the Decade of Vaccines Collaboration on Dec. 2 in New York. Heads of these groups, along with those of other leading global health organizations, make up the collaboration’s leadership council tasked with oversight work on the planning effort.

The partnership’s steering committee is responsible for developing the Global Vaccine Action Plan. It comprises world-renowned experts in vaccine delivery, advocacy, research and development, and access. Pedro Alonso, director for the Institute for Global Health of Barcelona, and Dr. Christopher Elias, president and CEO of PATH, co-chair this committee and the collaboration’s secretariat.

A press release from the Gates Foundation lists the members of both the steering committee and leadership council.

The Decade of Vaccines Collaboration looks to complete its work by mid-2012. 

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    Eliza Villarino currently manages one of today’s leading publications on humanitarian aid, global health and international development, the weekly GDB. At Devex, she has helped grow a global newsroom, with talented journalists from major development hubs such as Washington, D.C, London and Brussels. She regularly writes about innovations in global development.