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MSF Calls On GAVI To Make ‘Four Key’ Changes

“Several key policy changes are urgently needed at the GAVI Alliance to help reduce the number of children not benefiting from vaccination globally (22.6 million in 2012),” Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) writes in a press release describing “four key areas where changes at GAVI could make an important difference.” Manica Balasegaram, executive director of MSF’s Access Campaign, said, “Humanitarian actors are still not able to access vaccines at the GAVI price so they can act swiftly in emergencies, vaccine prices overall are still too expensive for countries to afford long term, and GAVI’s not doing enough to support the vaccination needs of older children,” according to the press release. In addition, “GAVI must play a more active role in incentivizing [research] efforts so that easier-to-use vaccines can become available,” the press release states. Kate Elder, vaccines policy adviser at the Access Campaign, said, “We think GAVI should be commended for many of its accomplishments over the last decade, but we also think it’s very important for GAVI to take a close and critical look at what it can improve going forward,” the press release adds (10/28).