Green light from GAVI for #cervical #cancer #vaccine
Great news that Gavi (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation), revelling in the windfall it received at its funding conference in London earlier this year ($4.3bn, which is $600m more than it asked for), has announced it will tentatively "open a window" for the funding of the cervical cancer vaccine.
Cervical cancer causes about 275,000 deaths on the developing world every year. It is far more devastating in poor countries than in Europe and the US, where the vaccine has already been introduced for schoolgirls, because – unlike us – they do not have screening programmes, let alone good treatment. So 88% of deaths occur in developing countries. That could rise to 430,000 by 2030 if nothing is done, says Gavi.
Read the whole post in The Guardian.