Two years after its official launch, GAVI projects
that its goal-oriented approach to development aid could raise basic
immunization rates in funded countries by 17 percentage points and
increase coverage of hepatitis B vaccine from 18 to 65 percent by
2007, ultimately saving more than two million lives.
At the 2002 annual meeting of the World Economic
Forum in New York, GAVI officials released new data summarizing
the projections for increased immunization coverage in the 53 countries
that have been approved for support from GAVI and The Vaccine Fund
to date. The immunization coverage targets are based on the plans
prepared and submitted by the countries and partners in the countries.
According to current GAVI policy, Haemophilus influenzae
type b (Hib) vaccine and yellow fever vaccine are only appropriate
for certain countries and regions. The coverage targets should be
considered estimates; data may change if countries' actual performance
differs from their targets.