January 29th, 2015
This week in Berlin, Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, an organization which improves access to new and underused vaccines for children, brought together world leaders and stakeholders to welcome new commitments towards its mission to immunize children in developing countries. I am proud to say that Janssen, the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson, were a part of this group which pledged a total of US$7.5 billion, which will enable countries to immunize an additional 300 million children.
I would personally like to congratulate the world community and Gavi on this renewed commitment and pledge which is expected to help save an estimated five to six million lives by 2020. In the 15 years since the international organization Gavi was founded, half a billion children have already received lifesaving vaccines through their work.
As a parent myself, I believe the dramatic decline in preventable child deaths during the past 25 years is one of humankind’s greatest achievements. Deadly and debilitating diseases are entirely preventable through immunization and by investing in vaccines, we can do far more than protect health; we can also protect people’s incomes and savings, and promote economic growth.