MSD Renews Commitment to Gavi

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June 4, 2020 7:27 pm +00:00

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MSD Renews Commitment to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, as a Major Manufacturer of HPV Vaccines to Achieve Vaccination for 84 Million Girls

Hoddesdon, June 04, 2020 – MSD (tradename of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA (NYSE: MRK)) reconfirms its commitment as a major supplier of HPV vaccines to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, helping the organisation achieve its goal of vaccinating 84 million girls globally over the next Gavi strategic period of 2021-2025.

This company commitment comes as part of the Global Vaccine Summit whereby political leaders, civil society, donors, vaccine manufacturers and governments support the Vaccine Alliance through a five-year pledge. As a Gavi partner, MSD will continue to support meaningful contributions to immunisation programmes in low-income countries where the burden of disease is the highest. The long-term collaboration between MSD and Gavi continues to be well aligned and is consistent with MSD’s vision to save and improve lives around the world.

Beyond the renewal of the long-term supply commitment, MSD will also partner with the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers’ Foundation (IFPW), which has an ongoing partnership with Gavi. As part of this collaboration, MSD will provide funding of $500,000 over the five-year strategic period (2021-2025) to support activities in three critical areas: executive training programmes and mentorships, optimisation of supply chain networks and deployment of new technologies to address broad challenges in vaccines delivery. Through these Gavi and IFPW initiatives, MSD will provide critical support to Gavi’s accelerator programme, Innovation for Uptake, Scale and Equity in Immunisation (INFUSE), which helps countries accelerate the introduction of cutting-edge technology to improve vaccine delivery systems. In addition, these partnerships will leverage the expertise of MSD personnel, including some of the industry’s brightest researchers, engineers and logistical experts.

“MSD remains committed to the vision of Gavi, to fulfilling the aspiration of the Vaccine Alliance over the next five-year strategic period and to executing on the IFPW partnership,” said John Markels, President, MSD Vaccines. “Together, these collective achievements will help improve lives, advance public health and create stronger vaccine delivery systems in some of the world’s poorest countries. The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the importance of vaccination now more than ever. The current decline in vaccination rates overall is creating a risk of resurgence in many vaccine-preventable diseases. With MSD’s strong legacy and leadership in vaccines, our company is honoured to partner with Gavi and other organisations committed to global health, to support efforts to increase vaccination rates around the world.”

About MSD

For more than 125 years, MSD has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases in pursuit of our mission to save and improve lives. MSD is a trade name of Merck & Co., Inc., with headquarters in Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. We demonstrate our commitment to patients and population health by increasing access to health care through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. Today, MSD continues to be at the forefront of research to prevent and treat diseases that threaten people and animals – including cancer, infectious diseases such as HIV and Ebola, and emerging animal diseases – as we aspire to be the premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company in the world. For more information, visit www.msd-uk.com and connect with us @MSDintheUK on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Facebook.

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