LeadersTalk with MSD: Building back better: Resilient immunisation programmes for a secure future.

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In cooperation with MSD

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the critical role vaccination plays in stopping disease spread and protecting global health security. Serving as a proven strategy to address infectious disease threats old and new, vaccination has the ability to improve living standards, health, and the economy. However, against the backdrop of the pandemic, routine immunisation has been severely disrupted resulting in 23 million children missing out on basic vaccines. This has not only compromised our ability to protect the population at large against other infectious diseases, but it has exposed cracks in immunisation programs infrastructure that must be addressed to ensure routine programs are prepared to lessen the impact of, or respond quickly to, future threats. To ensure resilient immunisation programmes become a reality, we need urgent action to recover vaccination coverage rates, to make sure sustainable financing for immunisation is non-negotiable in public health budgets, and that pandemic preparedness and recovery plans strengthen immunization systems and infrastructure to optimise access to vaccines and sustain high vaccination coverage rates. Actions today will determine the course of global vaccination in the coming years, including our ability to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3, to protect against disruptions in the face of future threats, and to ultimately ensure global health security.

  •     Ciara O’Rouke, Global Public Policy Director  
  •     Jennifer Blanke, Non-Executive Director, African Risk Capacity Group; WPL Senior Advisor, WPL Senior Adviser 
  •     Roopa Dhatt, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Women in Global Health

Chaired by Julia Spencer, Associate Vice President – Global Vaccines Public Policy, Partnerships and Government Affairs