Got life! Champion:

Kate O’Brien

“Got vaccines? Got life!” means protecting children’s lives and future

Executive Director, International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC)
Professor of International Health and Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the United States
Gavi Board member, Alternate

In her efforts to maximise vaccine impact, Kate O’Brien collaborates with global and country level organisations including WHO, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), country ministries, vaccine manufacturers, academic partners, NGOs and Gavi. Since 2012, she also plays a key role in formulating global vaccine policy by serving on the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) committee.

What impact has Gavi had to date?

At the midpoint of Gavi’s 2016-2020 strategic period, we’ve really been successful with accelerating introductions of vaccines, delivering millions of doses of vaccines that are saving lives, and having a measurable impact on families, communities and the economies of countries. The challenge we still have is making that equitable across all children, in every community, in every country that we touch.

If you have one message for participants at Gavi’s Mid-Term Review meeting in the United Arab Emirates, what would it be?

Taking stock midway through this current strategy period is so essential. It gives us the opportunity to adjust what we’re doing and then accelerate through the next part of the period. My message, and my interest in being at the mid-term review for Gavi, is really about energy and optimism for what more we can do.

What does Got Vaccines? Got Life! mean to you?

It really means protecting the lives of children and their future.

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