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Immunization Focus

A quarterly publication of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization

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July 2002


Tough lessons – and rapid reform – for vaccine procurement system
The alliance must adopt a more efficient and transparent process for buying vaccines, its Board has agreed. The decision follows a review of the first round of procurement and introduction of new vaccines which identified significant shortfalls in the system and recommended immediate changes.
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Partners back new approach to fast-track vaccine development
With a concerted effort, vaccines against two major killers, pneumococcus and rotavirus, could be developed and introduced into the countries that need them most within around five years.
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Special Features

Sustainable financing: the pioneers’ tales
While accurate financial sustainability plans with a clear understanding of financial gaps are crucial to mobilizing adequate and sustainable resources for immunization, they are not enough.
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Advocacy for financial sustainability
By late November this year, the first 13 countries to receive support from GAVI and the Vaccine Fund must have initiated their plans for sustained financing beyond the initial five-year support period. Cambodia and Ghana have made an early start.
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Call for intensified research after pneumococcus trial surprises
As a key component of the plan to accelerate vaccines against pneumococcus, partners and scientists are calling for research to be urgently stepped up to provide better data on the burden of the disease and the efficacy of current candidate vaccines.
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