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Friday 26 June 2020


Dr Seth Berkley

CEO, GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance

In its 20 years of existence, Gavi has reached more than 760 million children in the world’s 73 poorest countries.

By improving access to new and under-used vaccines, the Vaccine Alliance is transforming the lives of individuals, helping to boost the economies of low-income countries and making the world safer for everyone.

In this conversation we will be talking to Dr. Seth Berkley, Gavi’s CEO, about the organisation’s future – what it can achieve following its third replenishment and how the Covid crisis is affecting its operations and the lives of those it seeks to support.

Dr Seth Berkley

A medical doctor and epidemiologist, Dr Seth Berkley joined Gavi as its CEO in August 2011, spearheading its mission to protect the world’s poorest children by improving access to new and underused vaccines.

Prior to Gavi, in 1996, Dr Berkley founded the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), the first vaccine product development public-private sector partnership, where he served as president and CEO for 15 years.

Previously, Dr Berkley served as an officer of the Health Sciences Division at The Rockefeller Foundation. He has worked for the Center for Infectious Diseases of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the Massachusetts Department of Public Health; and the Carter Center.

In 2019, under Seth Berkley's leadership, Gavi received the prestigious Lasker~Bloomberg Public Service Award for providing sustained access to childhood vaccines in the world’s poorest countries, saving millions of lives and highlighting the power of immunisation to prevent diseases.