A UN-led global immunisation strategy was launched in April 2021 – the Immunisation Agenda 2030 (IA2030). It unites WHO, UNICEF, GAVI, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other partners to focus on vaccination throughout life, from infancy through to adolescence and older age.
IA2030 sets an overarching global vision and strategy for vaccines and immunization for the decade 2021–2030. The specified goal of their unprecedented agenda is to vaccinate every man, woman, and child on Earth by the year 2030.
“The covid-19 pandemic has reminded the world of the power of vaccines to fight disease, save lives, and create a healthier, safer, and more prosperous future,” WHO claims attempting to sell the IA2030 strategy. “Immunization … is an indisputable human right. It’s also one of the best health investments money can buy.”
According to the United Nations (“UN”), IA2030 is a UN-led global immunisation strategy. But we beg to differ considering the partnerships and the funding.
In April, Andrew Bridgen MP gave a speech during a Westminster Hall debate. “The second-largest donor after Germany is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and I think Gavi is the fifth, so if we add those together, they are the biggest donors to the WHO,” he said.
Bill & Melinda Gates set up their Foundation in 1994. Since then, vaccines have become the Gates Foundation’s biggest investment. In 1999, the Gates Foundation set up the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (“GAVI”).
GAVI is a public-private partnership between UN agencies, governments, the vaccine industry, the private sector and civil society. GAVI’s partners are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (the key partner), the World Health Organisation (“WHO”), the United Nations Children’s Fund (“UNICEF”) and the World Bank.