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

Moderator: Art Caplan, UPenn Center for Bioethics

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 ]

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


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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