BEATING BACK DISEASES
A mere century ago, infectious diseases were the main cause of death worldwide, even in the most developed countries. Today with the exception of clean drinking water, nothing rivals vaccination in fighting infectious diseases and keeping mortality rates low. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates immunization saves between two to three million lives across the globe every year. Beyond vaccines’ efficacy, disease prevention is the most cost-effective public health intervention available. This means as a matter of fact a cost relief for health systems in particular in the emerging countries.
Simply put, vaccination is administering a non-pathogenic bacterium, virus or molecule to provoke the production of antibodies to fight back in the disease when it attacks the body. The result is immunization.
MAKING VACCINATION AS ACCESSIBLE AS POSSIBLE
At Sanofi, we believe civil society initiatives in favor of vaccination are crucial in fighting disease.
The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) exemplifies this. Founded in 2000 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, WHO, UNICEF and vaccine manufacturers, including Sanofi Pasteur, it is committed to supporting immunization programs and accelerating the introduction of new vaccines. Sanofi Pasteur has historically practiced a policy of tiered pricing to facilitate access to vaccines in GAVI countries.