safety and effectiveness of pneumococcal vaccines are major priorities for the ADIP team.
As a milestone driven project, the ADIP is a new approach to public-private partnerships for improving global health. The team sets strict project goals, and aligns them with timelines, and budgets. The team's performance will be measured against these objectives by a GAVI oversight board.
"Our approach is a departure from previous vaccine efforts. We will take our scientific data and efficacy results directly to decision-makers in developing countries that have the power to set policy. We will support them in their efforts to establish evidence-based decisions on vaccine introduction," said Mathuram Santosham, MD, MPH, professor with the School's Department of International Health.
The announcement marks the first time that GAVI and The Vaccine Fund will fund vaccine research and development efforts. Since 2000, they have focused primarily on ensuring that today's vaccines are made available to every child, everywhere. An additional $30 million was given to the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) to develop and introduce a safe and effective rotavirus vaccine for the developing world.
"Pneumococcal infections threaten tens of millions of children throughout the world. Better vaccines and better access to vaccines could save their lives. The School and its partners are committed to this effort," said Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS, dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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