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GAVI Task Force on Research and Development (R&DTF)

The GAVI Task Force on Research and Development (R&DTF) is co-chaired by WHO, the University of Maryland and Chiron Vaccines. Objectives of the task force include:

  • Support the GAVI objectives to:
    • Accelerate the development and introduction of new vaccines and technologies
    • Accelerate R&D efforts for vaccines needed primarily in developing countries.
  • Catalyse action and coordinate global initiatives for
    • a limited number of disease specific programmes which can most effectively contribute to the Task Forceís ultimate goals
    • a limited number of new technologies which will improve safety, effectiveness, utility or performance of immunization in developing countries
  • Promoting private-public sector partnerships in R&D, and involving the private sector in R&D initiatives in developing countries
  • Establishing forums for policy dialogue and information sharing

Current members of the task force:

  • Dr. Yasuhiro Suzuki, WHO
  • Dr. Rino Rappuoli, Chiron Vaccines
  • Dr. Myron (Mike) Levine, Univ. of Maryland, USA
  • Dr. Tore Godal, GAVI Secretariat
  • Dr. Barry Bloom, Harvard School of Public Health, USA
  • Dr. Fred Newton Binka, Ghana Health Ministry
  • Dr. Rosa Lagos, Hospital Roberto del Rio, Chile
  • Professor Gus Nossal, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Dr. Punnee Pitisuttitham, Mahidol University, Thailand
  • Dr. Margaret Liu, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
  • Dr. Anders Nordstrom, Gothenburg University, Sweden



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