A Booster Shot for Humanity

It did not make the front page of the Times, but a meeting in Berlin this week was arguably the single most important thing to happen on the planet yesterday. The occasion was a pledging conference for GAVI--The Global Vaccine Alliance. ThisĀ is a 15-year-ol...

Big Pledges for Childhood Vaccines

GAVI, the global vaccine alliance, held a pledging conference in Berlin yesterday to raise $7.5 billion between 2016 and 2020. The response? Donors pledged even more that what was requested. The Gates Foundation kicked in $1.6 billion. The UK about the same. T...

HPV Vaccine Coming to the Developing World

There is big news from GAVI, the Gates-backed group that supports the provision of childhood vaccinations around the world. GAVI announced today that it will expand its vaccine programs to include the HPV vaccine, which guards against cervical cancer, and a vaccine against Rubella to promote maternal and child health.