Qatar donates $10 million to lower-income countries to provide vaccines

Doha: A five-year agreement between Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has been signed, by which $10 million will be donated to support Gavi’s efforts to expand access to vaccines in lower-income countries.

Through the signed agreement, QFFD strengthens the availability of vaccines and will collaborate with Gavi to ensure that zero-dose children receive immunization services.

“QFFD established a strong strategic partnership with Gavi to financially support the world’s poorest countries against vaccine-preventable diseases. Qatar has committed to providing an initial $10 million to support immunization programs in the period between 2021 and 2025,” said Deputy Director-General of projects of Qatar Fund for Development Misfer Al Shahwani.

“We welcome this contribution and partnership from the QFFD, which will enable further access to vaccines over the next five years. Building on our 20-year, country-led successes and guided by the principle of equity, Gavi remains committed to protecting the next generation and reaching children that completely miss out on routine immunization,” said Managing Director of Resource Mobilization, Private sector partnerships and Innovative Financing at Gavi, Marie-Ange Saraka-Yao.

The donation and partnership between QFFD and Gavi contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 3: “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages” and will support Gavi’s mission of saving children’s lives and protecting people’s health.

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