On Friday, 6 April 2001 in Mozambique, the very first vaccines
provided by GAVI and the Vaccine Fund were administered to
children in Boane, a town just south of the capital, Maputo.
Attending the first delivery were Co-Chair and CEO of the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation William Gates, Sr., Mozambican Minister
of Health Dr Francisco Songane and UNICEF Executive Director Carol
Bellamy. With an estimated value of US $1.5 million, the total
vaccine delivery for 2001 consists of 1.3 million doses of
DPT-hepB (a combination vaccine against diphtheria, pertussis,
tetanus and hepatitis B). The vaccine is first being provided to
infants as part of a pilot programme in the district of Boane, in
preparation of the national rollout of the new vaccine in July of
this year. The Government is also receiving auto-disable syringes
and safety boxes for their disposal, as well as funding to
strengthen immunization services.
the first country to receive vaccines from GAVI and the Vaccine
Fund; 15 more countries that have been approved for new and
under-used vaccines will be receiving their vaccine deliveries
over the coming months.