India lands $500M for vaccination program from Gavi alliance

Geneva-based Gavi, the global vaccine alliance funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other donors, has pledged $500 million over the next 5 years to support India's country-wide immunization program.

C.K. Mishra

The country's additional secretary of health, C.K. Mishra, said Gavi's board approved the country's vaccine program proposal and that the country would focus on vaccines for rotavirus, measles-rubella, PCV and HPV.

The country said it planned to spend about $65 million this year on immunizations, but will raise that amount to $281 million in 2016. The government also said it planned to spent about $117 million annually to cover the cost of its pentavalent vaccine program that is given to children up to age 5 and includes vaccines for meningitis, pneumonia and otitis as well as whooping cough, tetanus, hepatitis B and diphtheria.

The pentavalent program was originally funded by a grant from Gavi, but the government said it will take it over starting in 2016.

- here's the report from the Economic Times