Today the UK hosted the Global Vaccine Summit, bringing together leaders from governments, foundations, the private sector and civil society.
The summit surpassed the $7.4 target and raised $8.8bn to support Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to immunise a further 300 million children against diseases such as polio, diphtheria and measles, and save up to 8 million lives in the world’s poorest countries by 2025
Simon Starling, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research said:
“Today’s summit demonstrates how many lives can be saved when world leaders demonstrate global solidarity by investing in health systems and provide life-saving immunisations against diseases, in partnership with developing countries.
COVID-19 is a global crisis that demands a global response. The UK and governments around the world must continue to work together in developing a COVID-19 vaccine for all who need it, ensuring we leave no one behind. This means making sure any vaccine remains patent-free, and therefore affordable for all countries.”
Notes to editor
- Global Vaccine Summit: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/global-vaccine-summit-2020
- Bond is the UK network for organisations working in international development. Bond unites and supports a diverse network of over 400 civil society organisations from across the UK, and allies to help eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice.
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