Australia pledges $300 million to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
The Indo-Pacific region will have improved access to vaccines through Australia’s new pledge of $300 million to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the pledge for Australia’s monumental renewed support during Gavi’s virtual pledging conference. Alongside Australia, pivotal million-dollar pledges by 32 donor nations — including Canada, India, the United Kingdom and the United States — resulted in $8.8 billion USD being raised for Gavi, surpassing the health organisation’s original target by $1.4 billion.
Gavi is a public-private partnership that provides access to vaccines for low-income countries. Gavi remains a strong partner of the Australian Regional Immunisation Alliance (ARIA), supporting programs to build technical capacity in the Indo-Pacific Region, including with the Timor-Leste National Immunization Technical Advisory Group. Over the past 2 decades, Gavi has supported 16 countries in the Indo-Pacific with more than US$3 billion in vaccine and health system support, and has directly contributed to the health of over 318 million children in this region through immunisation.