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


June 4, 2020 7:00 am ET

KENILWORTH, N.J., June 4, 2020 – Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, reconfirms its commitment as a major supplier of HPV vaccines to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, helping the organization achieve its goal of vaccinating 84 million girls 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, Merck will continue to support meaningful contributions to immunization programs in low-income countries where the burden of disease is the highest. The long-term collaboration between Merck and Gavi continues to be well aligned and is consistent with Merck’s vision to make a difference in the lives of people globally.

Beyond the renewal of the long-term supply commitment, Merck will also partner with the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers’ Foundation (IFPW), which has an ongoing partnership with Gavi. As part of this collaboration, Merck will provide funding of $500,000 over the five-year strategic period (2021-2025) to support activities in three critical areas: executive training programs and mentorships, optimization of supply chain networks and deployment of new technologies to address broad challenges in vaccines delivery. Through these Gavi and IFPW initiatives, Merck will provide critical support to Gavi’s accelerator program, Innovation for Uptake, Scale and Equity in Immunization (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 Merck personnel, including some of the industry’s brightest researchers, engineers and logistical experts.

“Merck 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. 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,” said John Markels, president, Merck Vaccines. “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 Merck’s strong legacy and leadership in vaccines, our company is honored to partner with Gavi and other organizations committed to global health, to support efforts to increase vaccination rates around the world.”

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For more than 125 years, Merck, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, 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. We demonstrate our commitment to patients and population health by increasing access to health care through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. Today, Merck 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 and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

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