Geneva-based Gavi, as the alliance is commonly known, is believed to have prevented more than 13 million deaths. Gavi negotiates vaccines at affordable prices for poor countries, protecting children against deadly and debilitating infectious diseases.
Its goal is to save lives, reduce poverty and help protect the world against pandemics. Gavi’s core partners are the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It also works with governments, nongovernmental organizations and companies.
The Princess of Asturias awards, presented annually in categories ranging from arts to sports, are among the most prestigious in the Spanish-speaking world. Recipients are awarded 50,000 euros ($56,000) at a lavish ceremony in October.