Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization

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Group.png Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization  
(Pharma LobbyWebsiteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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AbbreviationGAVI
Leaders• GAVI/Chair
• GAVI/CEO
Interestsvaccines, Pandemic/Preparation
Sponsor ofAbt Associates
Sponsored byBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Exposed byAstrid Stuckelberger
SubpageGlobal Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization/CEO
Membership• Seth Berkley
• Marta Nunes
• Stephen Zinser
• William Roedy
• Teresa Ressel
• Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
• Margaret Hamburg
• Helen Rees
• David Sidwell
• Yibing Wu
• Afsaneh Beschloss
• Orin Levine
• Muhammad Pate
• Omar Abdi
• Zsuzanna Jakab
• Amir Aman Hagos
• Myint Htwe
• Ferozuddin Feroz
• Arsen Torosyan
• Mahamoud Youssouf Khayal
• Jan Paehler
• Francesca Manno
• Harriet Pedersen
• Sarah Goulding
• Susan Silbermann
• Sai Prasad
• Daniel Graymore
• Maty Dia
• Timothy Grant Evans
• Peter Salama
• Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
• Patty Stonesifer
• Gunilla Carlsson
Global Vaccine organizer - a kind of “health NATO”. The Gates Foundation describes Gavi as a "partner in vaccine market shaping".

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance[1] (GAVI) is a public–private global health partnership committed to "healthy markets for vaccines and other immunisation products"[2], by increasing access to immunisation in poor countries. Most partners in the alliance are pharmaceutical companies, or are directly or indirectly sponsored by big pharmaceutical companies, making it a front organization to facilitate the sales of drugs and vaccines, a lucrative business.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who co-chaired the vaccine summit in June 2020 with Bill Gates, described the GAVI vaccine alliance as a kind of “health NATO”.[3]. The Gates Foundation describes Gavi as a "partner in vaccine market shaping".[4]

Present (2020) WHO leader Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was formerly on the board of GAVI, and NATO Secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg a former GAVI-Director.

Origins

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The founders were the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,UNICEF,the World Health Organization (also to a large extent funded by Bill Gates, and the World Bank[5] It was founded in January 2000 at a summit of the World Economic Forum in Davos.[6]

Former variations of the name include the GAVI Alliance, and before that the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization.

Funding

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $1.56 billion to the alliance's 2016-2020 strategic period, as of March 2019. Other big donors include the Norwegian and British governments.

Push for Censorship

In May 2019, Seth Berkley, CEO of GAVI stated that "doubts about vaccines have spread across social media like a disease and false information that “kills people” should be taken down by the companies running digital platforms". Stating that there was a "strong scientific consensus about the safety of vaccines", he said skepticism should be though of as a disease. "This is a disease,” Berkley said. “This spreads at the speed of light, literally.” Misinformation about vaccines, which the WHO says save two million lives annually, was not a freedom of speech issue and social media firms need to take it offline, Berkley said.[7]

Opposition to Health Systems

When Julian Lob-Levitt, a British medic and GAVI's CEO, in 2004 suggested diverting some of GAVI's vaccine funding to health systems, it created vehement opposition. The Norwegian and British Governments, both major donors to GAVI and traditionally known to support a health systems approach, backed this recommendation. It was, however, strongly resisted by many powerful actors in the opposing ‘camp’ of GAVI's Board, including the US Agency for International Development (USAID), senior vaccination experts and, not least, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Gates Foundation was ‘a very loud, vocal voice, saying that we do not believe in the strengthening of health systems’, said one of GAVI's strongest health systems proponents, recalling that Bill Gates often told him in private conversations ‘that he is vehemently against health systems … he basically said it is a complete waste of money, that there is no evidence that it works, so I will not see a dollar or cent of my money go to the strengthening of health systems’.

The GAVI Alliance Board narrowly voted to endorse the health systems goal in 2005, some critical informants inside GAVI dismissed it as ‘just posturing’ and implied that the board's acceptance of the health systems goal was little more than a public relations exercise to temper the emerging criticism of GHIs' negative impact on health systems.[8]


 

Related Quotation

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Astrid Stuckelberger“The WHO is not the same organization as before. WHO has changed since I was there...There was a change in 2016...It was special: Non-governmental organizations - such as GAVI - Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunization - led by Bill Gates - they joined the WHO in 2006 with a fund. Since then, the WHO has developed into a new type of international organization. GAVI gained more and more influence, and total immunity, more than the diplomats in the UN. GAVI can do exactly what they want, the police can do nothing.”Astrid Stuckelberger

 

Employees on Wikispooks

EmployeeJobAppointedEnd
Heidi LarsonLeader of Immunization Advocacy Task Force
Jens StoltenbergDirector20012005

 

EventDescription
Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationVery influential and rich foundation established to take leadership of global health.


References

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