Session IX – Political Will, Public Confidence, and Immunization Impact: Priorities, Policies, Perceptions

Moderator: Art Caplan, UPenn Center for Bioethics

Panel:
Paul Offit, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
[video: here ]

Rebecca Martin, WHO Europe
Political Will, Public Confidence, and Immunization Impact: Insights from the WHO European Region Member States
[slides:  Global Vaccines 202X_Martin]
[video:  here ]

Vanina Laurent-Ledru, Merck
Political Will, Public Confidence, and Immunization Impact: a few thoughts
[slides: Global Vaccines 202X_Laurent-Ledru ]
[video: here  ]

Peter Yeo, UN Foundation
[no slides]
[video: here ]

Maziko Matembe, Health and Rights Education Programme, Malawi
Role of CSOs in Health Public Policy
[slides:  Globall Vaccines 202X_Matembe]
[video:  here ]

Peter Singer, MRC Global
[slides:  Global Vaccines 202X_Singer]
[video:  here ]

Respondents:
Lois Privor-Dumm, International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC)
John Timpane, Philadelphia Inquirer

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Session Abstract

As we move through 2011, we face the immediate test of political will associated with the GAVI Alliance, the Global Fund, and many other immunization-based initiatives securing critical funding commitments to drive their respective strategic programs: It is unclear how quickly and how generously governments and other funders will step forward in the current economic climate and in the face of growing “donor fatigue:” Support for the longer haul in the second half of the decade is even less clear:

Countries now “graduating” from GAVI support are facing challenges in mustering sufficient resources for national budgets to take the next important steps in stabilizing and strengthening their immunization programs: Equally, states with advanced economies are seeing variable uptake performance with both established and newer vaccines:

Unhelpfully, the strength and resources of organizations challenging immunization practice generally and the safety of specific vaccines does not seem to be diminishing: Indeed, these organizations are leveraging social media more effectively than governments and public health authorities:

Finally, global economic conditions may improve over the decade, but a steady downward pressure on health care costs and health ministry budgets will drive stronger weighting of cost-effectiveness analysis and lower thresholds in decisions around vaccine adoption and immunization programs:

This panel will explore these themes and how we might frame our thinking for the period to 202X ahead.

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