From 2001 to 2020, vaccinations in the world’s poorest countries will have prevented 20 million deaths and saved $350 billion in healthcare costs, researchers project. The broader economic value from lives saved by vaccinations is estimated to be $820 billion. Researchers studied the impact of the Global Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) which was launched in 2000 to provide vaccines to children in the world’s poorest countries. Gavi has helped bring immunization to 580 million children, primarily in the 73 countries covered in the study’s analysis.
We spoke to Sachiko Ozawa, Ph.D., an associate professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, about the study, which was published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.
ResearchGate: What motivated you to study the value of vaccinations?
Sachiko Ozawa: Childhood immunization is one of the best development investments for humanity. But it is hard to appreciate the benefits of preventative measures like vaccination because …