It said the aim was to further protect 300 million children against infectious diseases like measles, typhoid and polio.
According to the commission, the global vaccine summit aims to raise at least 7.4 billion US Dollars to help Gavi save up to 8 million lives.
According to the statement, the UK is proud to be Gavi’s leading donor, and on April 29, the International Development Secretary pledged the equivalent of 330 million Pounds a year over the next five years from the aid budget to protect 75 million children from preventable diseases.
It said that Gavi was a crucial partner in the fight against infectious diseases globally, including Coronavirus.
The commission said that with the support of UK Aid, Gavi had immunised over 760 million children in the world’s poorest countries, saving more than 13 million lives.
Speaking on the upcoming Summit, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing said: “Producing a vaccine for COVID-19 is a priority for the UK government as this will help save lives in Nigeria and globally from the deadly virus.
“Gavi is already working hard with partners to ensure any future vaccine that is safe and effective is delivered at scale around the world.
“We welcome Gavi’s partnership with Nigeria over the years, which has helped to fight diseases such as yellow fever, meningitis and measles by improving immunisation rates and strengthening the health systems across the country.
“I welcome the international recognition Nigerians have received for their role in supporting the global effort to find a cure and stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
” Gavi’s has also given recognition to the Nigerian Public Health and Health Promotion Specialist, Dr Obinna Ebirim, for his tireless and passionate advocacy for equitable access to vaccines and sustainable immunisation financing in Nigeria,” Laing said.
Commenting on the upcoming summit, Health Promotion Specialist, Dr Obinna Ebirim said:
“Gavi is known to supporting health systems by ensuring that vaccines get to the last mile where they are used to vaccinate children and prevent diseases.
He said that supporting Gavi meant assisting vaccination programmes in poor and remote communities around the world including Nigeria.
He noted that the UK had committed an additional 20 million Pounds through the African Union’s new ‘Africa anti-COVID -19 fund’ to recruit and deploy health experts where they were needed most, to tackle the pandemic.