Press releases

26 October 2016

IFFIm issues US$ 500 million in 3-year floating rate Vaccine Bonds

Funding to increase immunisation of children in the poorest countries.

01 April 2016

IFFIm appoints Doris Herrera-Pol to its Board of Directors

Former World Bank Director brings enhanced understanding of capital markets.

17 September 2015

IFFIm issues second Sukuk, raising US$ 200 million

Funding to support immunisation of children in the poorest countries through Gavi.

10 June 2015

IFFIm appoints Fatimatou Zahra Diop to its Board of Directors

Economist from Senegal brings new insights on public-private partnerships

13 January 2015

IFFIm’s debut Sukuk awarded ‘Social Impact Deal of the Year 2014’

Islamic Finance News also awards IFFIm honourable mention in category of ‘Sukuk Deal of the Year’.

17 December 2014

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IFFIm rating action by Fitch follows France downgrade

Fitch Ratings has downgrades the long-term credit rating of the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm) from AA+ to AA with a stable outlook.

27 November 2014

International Finance Facility for Immunisation issues first Sukuk, raising US$ 500 million

Funding to support immunisation of children in the poorest countries through Gavi.

08 November 2013

IFFIm rating action by Standard and Poor's follows France downgrade

Standard & Poor’s downgrades the long-term credit rating of the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm) from AA+ to AA with a stable outlook. The short-term rating on IFFIm remains unchanged at A-1+.

27 June 2013

IFFIm issues US$ 700 million in 3-year floating rate Vaccine Bonds

The International Finance Facility for Immunisation Company (IFFIm) today announced its inaugural US dollar floating rate benchmark. The US$ 700 million, 3-year Vaccine Bonds provide investors an opportunity to fund immunisation programmes by the GAVI Alliance, helping protect millions of children in the world's poorest countries against preventable diseases.

22 April 2013

IFFIm rating action by FitchRatings follows UK downgrade

FitchRatings downgrades the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm) by one notch from AAA to AA+ and resumes a stable outlook. The short-term issuer rating of IFFIm remains unchanged at F1+.

28 March 2013

IFFIm Vaccine Bonds for Japanese Investors

Daiwa Securities Group, the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm), the GAVI Alliance and the World Bank jointly announce the first issuance and sale of “vaccine bonds” for 2013. [日本語]

06 March 2013

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IFFIm rating action by Moody’s follows UK downgrade

Moody’s Investors Service downgrades the International Finance Facility for Immunisation Company (IFFIm) by one notch from Aaa to Aa1 and maintains a negative outlook.

01 March 2013

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IFFIm honoured by editors as capital market's 'SRI Innovation of the Decade'

IFFIm cited as the “SRI Innovation of the Decade” by mtn-i, an online and print publisher that covers the medium-term note market.

01 January 2013

IFFIm appoints three new members to its Board of Directors

Three longtime banking officials with significant international experience have joined the board of directors of the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm), beginning their tenures on 1 January 2013.

11 October 2012

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GAVI initiatives applauded in Japan

GAVI’s success in partnering with the private sector highlighted at a global health symposium of Japanese companies in Tokyo.

19 June 2012

IFFIm transaction cited as among 25 most influential

EuroWeek says retail offering led to billions in socially-responsible investments in Japan. [日本語]

01 June 2012

Japanese investors offered new opportunity to purchase life-saving vaccine bonds

The International Finance Facility for Immunisation Company (IFFIm), in collaboration with the GAVI Alliance, the World Bank and HSBC, will offer a new issue of “vaccine bonds” to Japanese retail investors. [日本語]

22 May 2012

World leaders describe IFFIm as a “catalytic success”

Official report says IFFIm has been "game changing" for global immunisation.

03 February 2012

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René Karsenti to become new Chair of IFFIm Board

Outgoing Chair Alan Gillespie oversaw raising of US$ 3.6 billion. [Français] [日本語]
 

17 January 2012

IFFIm rating action by Standard & Poor’s follows sovereign donor downgrades

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has downgraded the International Finance Facility for Immunisation Company (IFFIm) by one notch from AAA to AA+.

10 October 2011

IFFIm and World Bank renew commitment to raise funds for GAVI programmes

IFFIm announces the renewal for five years of its Treasury Management Agreement with the World Bank.

28 September 2011

New IFFIm vaccine bonds issued to support life-saving immunisation in poorest countries

J.P. Morgan, the World Bank and the International Finance Facility for Immunisation ("IFFIm") today announced the issuance of US$ 169.4 million (equivalent) of IFFIm "Vaccine Bonds" in Japan. [日本語


 

09 March 2011

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IFFIm issues first vaccine bonds of 2011

Daiwa Securities Group, the International Finance Facility for Immunisation Company (“IFFIm”), the GAVI Alliance, and the World Bank announced today, IFFIm’s first issue of “Vaccine Bonds” for 2011.

14 February 2011

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Kenya marks the global roll out of pneumococcal vaccine

Hundreds of infants in Kenya received their first shots against pneumococcal disease today at a special event to celebrate the global roll out of vaccines targeting the world's biggest child killer -- pneumonia.

23 November 2010

IFFIm successfully prices its inaugural benchmark in Australian Dollars

The International Finance Facility for Immunisation Company (IFFIm) prices its inaugural Australian dollar benchmark, providing investors with a unique opportunity to help protect millions of children in the world's poorest countries against preventable diseases.

18 November 2010

Fitch affirms IFFIm at 'AAA'; outlook stable

Press release affirming IFFIm's outlook for long-term IDR as stable. The ratings of IFFIm are based on grant commitments of its most highly rated donors. The support is strong due to IFFIm's role in supporting immunisation and GAVI.

04 June 2010

Investors get another opportunity to buy vaccine bonds

The International Finance Facility for Immunisation, GAVI Alliance, the World Bank and HSBC Securities (Japan) Limited announce it will begin offering vaccine investment bonds to Japanese retail investors.

20 May 2010

Japanese investors continue to show strong interest in vaccine bonds

Uridashi offerings by the International Finance Facility for Immunisation have proved remarkably popular with Japanese retail investors.

 

01 March 2010

First issue of IFFIm vaccine bonds announced for 2010

Daiwa Securities Group, the International Finance Facility for Immunisation Company ("IFFIm"), the GAVI Alliance, and the World Bank have announced today IFFIm's first issue of "Vaccine Bonds" for 2010.

20 November 2009

Child deaths in Vietnam fall dramatically

Through its commitment to immunisation and other child health interventions, Vietnam has drastically reduced its child deaths, putting the country well on track to reach the Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG) before the 2015 deadline.

19 November 2009

GAVI honours 15 countries for excelling in immunisation

Fifteen health ministers from low-income countries today received awards from the GAVI Alliance for their outstanding performance in improving child health and immunisation.

18 November 2009

GAVI's impact on vaccine market is bringing down prices

Four million deaths averted through boost for immunisation over last 10 years Hanoi, 18 November 2009 – Following the increasing impact of the GAVI Alliance on the vaccine market, the price of one of the major combination vaccines, the pentavalent, is falling considerably, enabling GAVI s partners to vaccinate million

30 October 2009

Vaccination is essential to prevent world's leading child killer - pneumonia

Marking the first international World Pneumonia Day on 2 November, the GAVI Alliance plans to immunise 130 million children in poor countries against pneumonia, the world's leading child killer.

24 June 2009

Japanese retail investors continue to show strong support for vaccine bonds

Vaccine bonds offered to Japanese retail investors raise USD 130 million equivalent to help pay for health and immunisation programmes in some of the world’s poorest countries.

23 June 2009

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GAVI recognised as international institution

The GAVI Alliance, which has been hosted by UNICEF since it was launched in 2000, has become an independent international institution - the first organisation to receive such recognition under the new Swiss Host State Act.

03 June 2009

Netherlands to join innovative funding programme for immunisation

The Netherlands has pledged Euros 80 million over eight years to an innovative financing initiative that converts long-term government pledges into immediate funds for children’s vaccination programmes.

01 June 2009

Vaccine Bonds launched to help save children's lives

Launch of "Vaccine Bonds" offer Japanese individuals investment opportunities while helping save the lives of children in the poorest countries

 

27 May 2009

Investors welcome the return of IFFIm’s “Vaccine Bonds” to the Japanese debt market

Vaccine bonds offered to Japanese retail investors in two currencies will raise USD 143 million equivalent to help pay for health and immunisation programmes in the world’s poorest countries.

19 May 2009

IFFIm raises more than US$ 2 billion to support life-saving immunisation programmes in poorest countries

The International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm) satisfies strong demand for ethical investments and helps ensure children are vaccinated.

15 May 2009

IFFIm’s inaugural sterling offering raises GBP 266 million for vaccine programmes

Retail and institutional investors welcome the unique opportunity to make an investment that protects millions of lives against preventable diseases.

06 April 2009

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group expected to offer 'Vaccine Bonds' to Japanese investors

Children in the world's poorest countries could benefit from a lifetime of protection from vaccine-preventable diseases thanks to the proposed sale next month of Vaccine Bonds to Japanese retail investors by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.

03 March 2009

Innovative Vaccine Investment ISA will help save children's lives

Investors are being offered an opportunity to save money and help save lives with a new Vaccine Investment ISA which aims to raise £50 million to vaccinate children in the world’s poorest countries.

05 February 2009

Vaccine bonds give Japanese retail investors a special investment opportunity

Vaccine bonds offered to Japanese retail investors in three currencies will raise USD 429 million equivalent to help pay for health and immunisation programmes in the world’s poorest countries.

16 January 2009

'Vaccine bonds' offer Japanese savers an ethical investment

"Vaccine bonds" will offer Japanese investors a fixed rate of return plus an opportunity to see their money used to help immunise children in the world's poorest countries.


11 December 2008

With new 'Vaccine Bonds' Japanese Investors will have the opportunity to save more children’s lives in the poorest countries of the world

New "Vaccine Bonds" expected to be offered in Japan by Daiwa Securities Group next year aim to accelerate immunisation of children in the world's poorest countries against deadly diseases. These new Vaccine Bonds would be the second initiative of its kind in Japan to use the capital markets to raise funds for a specific development purpose. [English] [Japanese]

 

11 December 2008

New “Vaccine Bonds” opportunity for Japanese Investors to save more children’s lives in the world's poorest countries

New "Vaccine Bonds" expected to be offered in Japan by Daiwa Securities Group next year aim to accelerate immunisation of children in the world's poorest countries against deadly diseases.

04 March 2008

Japanese investors welcome the launch of IFFIm’s debut 'vaccine bonds'

Japanese investors welcomed the launch of the debut offering in the Japanese market of the International Finance Facility for Immunisation Company

27 February 2008

'Vaccine bonds' offered in Japan will help save children’s lives in the developing world

A "vaccine bond" expected to be offered in Japan next month aims to accelerate efforts to immunise children in the world’s poorest countries against deadly diseases, the first initiative of its kind in Japan to use the capital markets to raise funds for a specific development purpose.

29 January 2008

Vaccine Bonds to speed up access to life saving vaccines in the poorest countries around the world

Daiwa Securities Group, the International Finance Facility for Immunisation Company, the GAVI Alliance, and the World Bank, announce IFFIm’s expected inaugural issuance of notes under its Global Debt Issuance Programme targeting mainly Japanese retail investors.

28 January 2008

'Vaccine Bonds' to speed up access to life saving vaccines in the poorest countries around the world

 Daiwa Securities Group, the International Finance Facility for Immunisation Company, the GAVI Alliance, and the World Bank, announce IFFIm’s expected inaugural issuance of notes under its Global Debt Issuance Programme targeting mainly Japanese retail investors. [English] [Japanese]

 

28 November 2007

First year results: IFFIm provides US$ 1 billion to prevent disease

Nearly US$ 1 billion is being injected into life-saving vaccines and health services in developing countries as a result of the bond issuance by the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm) one year ago this month.

07 November 2007

Spectacular response to IFFIm’s inaugural financing

Today, the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm), rated AAA/Aaa/AAA, priced its first ever capital markets financing, a USD 1 billion 5-year benchmark bond. The issue represents not only a landmark in the history of multilateral development financings, but also in the capital markets playing an active role in accelerating the delivery of aid for immunisation programmes in the world’s poorest countries.

31 May 2007

Bond investors speed up access to life saving vaccines

The GAVI Alliance announced today it will distribute almost US$1 billion in funds in 2007, raised by the International Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm) on capital markets to help poor nations prevent life-threatening diseases and strengthen their health systems.

16 March 2007

South Africa joins IFFIm

The Republic of South Africa today joined the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm), becoming its seventh government donor, along with France, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

26 February 2007

Worldwide drive against measles receives financial 'Shot in the Arm'

GAVI Alliance $139 million contribution to UN Foundation supports global goal to reduce measles mortality by 90 percent by 2010.

07 November 2006

International Finance Facility for Immunisation issues inaugural bonds

Efforts to immunise children received a large boost as the IFFIm issued its inaugural bonds today. The bonds are rated AAA/Aaa/AAA.

12 October 2006

Paris presentation introduces a new supranational bond issuer: The International Finance Facility for Immunisation

Expected proceeds to scale up GAVI Alliance, boosting vaccine use, improving health systems to save lives of millions of poorest children.

27 July 2006

IFFIm announces plans for inaugural financing

The International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm) today announces its intention to launch the institution’s inaugural bond later this year.

07 July 2006

Spanish Council of Ministers approve IFFIm contribution

This morning Friday 7 July Spain’s Council of Ministers approved 190 million € contribution to IFFIm (International Finance Facility for Immunisation) over 20 years.

25 April 2006

South Africa joins seven nations in backing the IFFIm

The Government of South Africa announced today that it will contribute US$20 million over 20 years to the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm).

09 March 2006

Brazil announces support for global immunisation and IFFIm to save millions of world’s poorest children

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has announced that Brazil will contribute US$20 million over 20 years to the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm). Brazil joins six European nations in committing to this innovative financing mechanism.

02 March 2006

Statement by Julian Lob-Levyt, GAVI Alliance Executive Secretary at the conference on Innovative Financing for Development

GAVI commends France and the UK for their work in developing innovative ways to finance achieving the Millennium Development Goals. In particular, GAVI welcomes their decision to support the International Financing Facility for Immunization, which will save millions of children by giving them access to vaccines and improving health systems in developing countries.

26 February 2006

IFFIm takes next steps toward saving millions of lives

The International Finance Facility for Immunization (IFFIm), the new multinational fund that will leverage long-term commitments from rich governments to raise urgently needed financing for health programmes in poor countries, is close to implementation, the GAVI Alliance announced today.

07 December 2005

Norway increases and prolongs support for global immunisation until 2015

The Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, announced today that starting in 2006 the Government of Norway will boost its annual support to the GAVI Alliance (formerly known as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization).

09 September 2005

Key European Nations join UK and France to commit nearly US$4 billion to expand child immunisation in developing countries

Innovative financing approach will tap capital markets to maximize impact of funds.

 

02 August 2005

Statement regarding IFFIm and Eurostat ruling

The Eurostat decision paves the way for the full-funding and eventual implementation of IFFIm. We are delighted by this decision and are grateful to all those who worked so hard to create this innovative financing vehicle.

26 January 2005

Hilary Benn pledges £1 billion to boost health care in developing countries

Hilary Benn the Secretary of State for International Development (DFID) today announced that the UK will pledge almost £1 billion (US$1.8 billion) over 15 years to help immunise children and adults in the world’s poorest countries.


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