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UNICEF, GAVI, Others Announce More Accessibility To Inactivated Polio Vaccines

Media outlets report on several groups’ announcement that they will make inactivated polio vaccines (IPVs) more accessible and available to developing countries.

CIDRAP News: UNICEF, WHO push for inactivated polio vaccine
“The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recently announced that inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) will be available to low-income countries for as little as $1 a dose, as global health groups push for introducing the vaccine into routine immunization programs by the end of next year…” (3/4).

Pharmaceutical Online: Sanofi Pasteur Supplies UNICEF With Inactivated Polio Vaccines
“Sanofi Pasteur, Sanofi’s vaccine division, announced that it will supply UNICEF with inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) which will be made available to target countries according to vaccination plans. UNICEF is the organization which purchases vaccines to meet global needs…” (Masangkay, 3/4).

Vaccine News Daily: GAVI Alliance to supply countries with inactivated polio vaccine
“The GAVI Alliance will make the inactivated polio vaccine available to the countries it supports in an effort to eradicate the disease. ‘Today marks a big step forward in the global effort to tackle polio by accelerating the universal use of inactivated polio vaccine,’ GAVI Alliance CEO Dr. Seth Berkley said…” (Rogers, 3/4).

GPEI/GAVI: Joint GPEI-GAVI statement on the Availability and Price of Inactivated Polio Vaccine
“The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and the GAVI Alliance welcome the conclusion of UNICEF’s tender process, which makes accessible sufficient quantities of affordable inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) to support country introductions, in line with the ambitious timeline of GPEI’s Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018…” (2/28).