by Magda Robert and Laurie Werner, Decade of Vaccines Collaboration Over the past year, the Decade of Vaccines (DoV) Collaboration has been developing a Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP). The plan is now being finalized and will be presented for endorsement at the 65th World Health Assembly, to be held in Geneva on May 21–26, 2012. One of the recommendations made is the need to improve immunization delivery systems, and the importance of innovation in achieving this. The GVAP outlines how best to provide lifesaving vaccines to those who need them most, how to maintain a strong pipeline of new vaccines, and how to strengthen public support for vaccination efforts. By 2020, the plan aims to meet the following goals: • Achieve a world free of polio. • Meet global and regional elimination targets. • Meet vaccination coverage targets in every region, country, and community. • Develop and introduce new and improved vaccines and technologies. • Exceed the MDG 4 target for reduction in child mortality. The GVAP proposes that these ambitious goals be met through six strategic objectives:
- 1. All countries commit to immunization as a priority.
- 2. Individuals and communities understand the value of vaccines and demand immunization as both their right and responsibility.
- 3. The benefits of immunization are equitably extended to all people.
- 4. Strong immunization systems are an integral part of a well-functioning health system.
- 5. Immunization programmes have sustainable access to predictable funding, quality supply, and innovative technologies.
- 6. Country, regional, and global research & development (R&D) innovations maximize the benefits of immunization