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  • 28 January, 2021

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Minister Harsh Vardhan nominated to GAVI Board

  • The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan was recently nominated by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, GAVI as a member of GAVI board.
  • The term of the minister as a member in the GAVI board will be between 2021 and 2023.
  • Dr Harsh Vardhan was elected as the chair of the World Health Organization.

GAVI Board

  • The GAVI Board is responsible for policy making, providing strategic directions, over seeing the operation of the alliance and to monitor programme implementation.


  • GAVI is Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation It works to achieve the objective of “Immunisation for All”.
  • The alliance aims to save lives, protect the world against the threat of pandemics and reduce poverty.
  • It has so far helped vaccinating more than 822 million children in the poorest countries and prevented 14 million future deaths.
  • It works in partnership with WHO on COVAX.
  • COVAX is an alliance that aims to provide equal access to COVID-19 vaccines to all developing countries.

India and GAVI

  • GAVI plays a major role in the Immunization drives of India such as Rotavirus vaccine, Measles-Rubella vaccine, Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV), Tetanus and Adult diphtheria vaccine, inactivated polio vaccine.
  • However, GAVI has recently announced that it is to withdraw its financial support to India.
  • This because the threshold of Gross National Income per capita of a country to receive financial aid from GAVI should be less than 1,500 USD.
  • The Gross National Income per capita of India was 2,130 USD in 2019.

Source: PIB

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