The GVDN® works closely with vaccine safety experts around the world, global health agencies, and other global non-profit health alliances. The GVDN received seeding money from the Gates Foundation, relies on research grants for specific vaccine safety monitoring projects, and is hosted by UniServices, a not-for-profit stand-alone company that is wholly owned by University of Auckland | Waipapa Taumata Rau.
In April 2021, the GVDN® received significant funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for project over three years, entitled Global Covid Vaccine Safety (GCoVS). In August 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention granted additional funding to extend the GCoVS project by two years and expand the number of sites participating globally. The purpose of this project is to put in place a coordinated and harmonised post-introduction active surveillance infrastructure in diverse populations across the globe to assess the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. This infrastructure will be capable of responding to safety signals post-introduction of COVID-19 vaccines.