GAVI Funding: Graduation
There are 17 countries currently receiving support and subsidies from GAVI that are due to lose this support by 2016, a process called "graduation." More countries are entering the graduation process each year. There are concerns that, following the withdrawal of support, countries may not be able to continue to sustain the use of new vaccines, particularly if they are unable to purchase those vaccines at the lower prices that GAVI has negotiated with industry. Graduation is based on per capita GNI -- which may not directly reflect massive health and vaccine coverage inequities within countries.