GAVI, officially Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (previously the GAVI Alliance,[1] and before that the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization)[2][3] is a public–private global health partnership committed to increasing access to immunisation in poor countries.[4]

Founded2000 (2000)
TypePublic–Private Partnership
Legal statusActive
FocusVaccines against: human diseases
Key people
Seth Berkley, Dagfinn Høybråten

GAVI brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF,[5] the World Bank, the vaccine industry in both industrialised and developing countries, research and technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private philanthropists.


GAVI was created in 2000 as a successor to the Children's Vaccine Initiative, which had been launched in 1990.[6]

Seth Berkley has been the CEO of GAVI since 2011.[7]

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $1.56 billion to the alliance's 2016-2020 strategic period, as of March 2019.[8]

In August 2014, GAVI changed its name from "GAVI Alliance" and introduced a new logo.[1][9][10]


  1. Ravelo, Jenny Lei (November 10, 2014). "The evolution of global health's 'best-kept secret'". Devex. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  2. "Brazil announces support for global immunisation and IFFIm". GAVI. March 9, 2006. Retrieved January 25, 2017. The new funds will support the work of the GAVI Alliance (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization)
  3. Lesaar, Rick (November 3, 2014). "Gavi: A New Brand". Health and Communications. Retrieved January 25, 2017. With a lead capital G and lower case avi, the Alliance's name is no longer an acronym. Originally it was the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations, then most recently the GAVI Alliance, and now Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
  4. Boseley, Sarah (2011-11-17). "Green light from Gavi for cervical cancer vaccine". Guardian. Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  5. "Supplies and Logistics – GAVI". UNICEF. 2007-04-09. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
  6. "Gavi – About". Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  7. "Dr Seth Berkley appointed as GAVI Alliance Chief Executive Officer". Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  8. "The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation". Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  9. "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Internet Archive. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  10. "Press releases, 2014". GAVI. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
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