Ideas to Action:

Independent research for global prosperity


Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective and proven technologies to save lives ever developed, but pharmaceutical companies often lack incentives to create vaccines for diseases that primarily affect the developing world. CGD examines how to improve incentives to save lives. Our research led to international backing for the Advance Market Commitment financial mechanism, where donors promise to buy a vaccine if it’s developed. Over 80 million children have subsequently been vaccinated against deadly pneumococcal disease.