GAVI is holding its mid-term review on Wednesday in Sweden to analyze how the alliance has progressed on its goals, and make the case for donors to continue supporting them.
But humanitarian groups such as the Médecins Sans Frontières are hoping stakeholders will also use their influence to pushing GAVI to consider making its discounted vaccines available to NGOs and not only governments in eligible countries.
An MSF spokesperson told Devex that civil society groups formally requested a policy discussion with the GAVI board in December 2012, but “it’s been an uphill struggle to get [the alliance] to seriously consider this request through the proper policy channels.”
For NGOs to get vaccines at those subsidized prices is particularly crucial in emergency situations and would dramatically improve healthcare in many developing nations, added the spokesperson.
In an official statement published in April, GAVI admitted that making their vaccines equally available to aid groups is a noble aspiration, but “only possible when there are stable forecasts, long-term commitments to large volumes with secure financing agreements from donors and recipient governments working together.”
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