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Vaccines and delivery technologies

All topics related to vaccine products, presentation and packaging; also includes temperature indicators such as vaccine vial monitors (VVMs) and vaccine delivery devices.

Oxford University scientists ‘played up results of TB vaccine test’

Oxford University academics have been accused of misrepresenting unfavourable test results to get permission and funding for human trials of a potential vaccine aginst tuberculosis. An investigation by the BMJ claims that they took a “pick and mix approach” to pre-clinical research.…

The Times

World Health Organization endorses new typhoid vaccine

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Jan.03 endorsed the first conjugate vaccine for typhoid. Dubbed Typbar TVC, the vaccine which has been approved to be introduced by interested countries on their immunization programmes can be administered to children younger than…


Bharat Biotech’s typhoid vaccine gets WHO nod

The WHO has given its nod to Bharat Biotech’s typhoid vaccine Typbar TCV, which has longer-lasting immunity than existing vaccines, requires fewer doses and can be used on recipients over six months of age. The WHO pre-qualification paves the way…


Single-dose vaccine could provide faster protection in cholera epidemics

Each year there are more than three million cases of cholera worldwide, a disease transmitted through contaminated food and water that hits developing countries particularly hard. While the standard regimen for protecting against cholera with existing non-living oral cholera vaccines…


Cold chain equipment

All topics related to equipment used to support the immunization cold chain, such as refrigerators, freezers, insulated containers, water-packs, and temperature monitoring devices; covers equipment selection, procurement, installation, repair, maintenance and performance.

ARC Nigeria broker States, private sector partnerships to strengthen vaccine cold chain infrastructure in Nigeria

Despite marginal improvements and millions of dollars of supply chain investments by development partners and bilateral donors to address supply chain system challenges, Nigeria’s public health supply chain continues to be ineffective, inefficient, fragmented, and wasteful. Existing State and donor…

Daily Post

Using solar power to protect life-saving vaccines for children of Fiji: Cheaper environmentally friendly solar refrigerators for Fiji

No electricity, no problem. Seventy-four solar refrigerators will be distributed to more than 100 health centers in Cyclone Winston affected areas in Fiji, to ensure life-saving vaccines or medicines stay effective even without electricity.Following the category five cyclone in February…

Tiny 'cages' could keep vaccines safe at high temperatures

Vaccines and antibodies could be transported and stored without refrigeration by capturing them in tiny silica 'cages', a discovery which could make getting vital medicines to remote or dangerous places much easier, cheaper and safer. Vaccines and many other medicines…

'Last mile' child vaccine cooling system wins Student Challenges Competition

A new way to store and cool vaccines during the last mile of their journey to the clinic claimed the £5000 in this year's Institute of Global Health Innovation's Student Challenges Competition. The competition, which is now in its fifth…

Supply chain and logistics

All topics related to immunization supply chain and logistics, including vaccine forecasting and supply planning, distribution systems, vaccine management, vaccine wastage, and waste management.

Blockchain: what is it and what does it mean for development?

What is it? Blockchain is a digital ledger that provides a secure way of making and recording transactions, agreements and contracts – anything that needs to be recorded and verified as having taken place. However, uniquely, rather than being kept…

The Guardian

Cameroon: BCG vaccine running out of stock

Cameroon’s Public Health Minister, André Mama Fouda, said in a statement the country is running out of “Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccine, used to prevent Tuberculosis and severe respiratory diseases attributed to Koch’s bacillus.This situation, which dates back to early December,…


Business unusual: the changing world of immunization supply chains

Once considered a niche technical area, immunization supply chains – the network of staff, equipment, vehicles, and data needed to get vaccines safely from manufacturer to clinic – haven’t always been recognized for the important role they play in reaching…

Vaccines Work

Further strengthening of storage and transport of class 2 vaccines, China

Following the promulgation of the revised Administrative Regulations on the Circulation of Vaccines and Vaccination on April 23, 2016, and the Circular on Implementing the Revised Administrative Regulations on the Circulation of Vaccines and Vaccination on June 13, 2016 by…


Service delivery  

All topics related to the delivery of immunization services, including routine and campaign delivery services as well as injection safety.

Social behavior change for immunization

Recent World Health Organization (WHO) estimates indicate that 1.5 million children die every year from vaccine preventable diseases (Sage 2014). As a response to this trend, WHO member states adopted the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) in 2012 to improve…


Mother and daughter shot dead while immunising kids from polio in Pakistan

Gunmen have shot and killed a mother and her daughter who were immunising children against polio in Pakistan’s south-western city of Quetta. The attack took place as hundreds of polio teams, many of them volunteers, were out working on a…

The Guardian

After a debacle, how California became a role model on measles

In December 2014 something unusual happened at Disneyland. People came to visit Mickey Mouse, and some of them left with measles. At least 159 people contracted the disease during an outbreak lasting several months. This is more than the typical…

The New York Times

Measles outbreak in five English regions

Outbreaks of measles have been confirmed in five areas of England and now total more than 120 cases. Public Health England says the cases in West Yorkshire, Cheshire and Liverpool, West Midlands, Surrey and Greater Manchester are linked to ongoing…


Immunization information systems

All topics related to information systems used to support immunization programmes, including electronic immunization registries, logistics management information systems (LMIS), geographic information systems (GIS), integrated health management information systems, and immunization coverage monitoring (administrative and survey data).

Cambridge hi-tech vaccine alert to save babies’ lives

A specially developed ‘smart indicator’ technology from Cambridge innovator Timestrip is being adopted in developing countries where missed vaccinations are common. Working with the Trust for Vaccines & Immunization (TVI), a not-for-profit organisation, Timestrip technology has been used to create…

Business Weekly

Navigating digital transformation

Whether on the political, scientific, or cultural front, the world today is in a state of flux. Reviews from BCG, McKinsey, Deloitte, and Accenture highlight major demographic shifts, the increasing importance of technology in health, and the convergence of business…


Immunization needs a technology boost

Today, about 80% of infants living in the world’s 73 poorest countries receive routine immunizations, a measure currently assessed by whether they have been given a full course of a vaccine regime to prevent diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus. In 2000,…


UNDP device to be used in two Rajasthan blocks for real-time vaccine information

Rajasthan is the first state, not only in India but in the world, to launch a pilot project to access real-time information on vaccination of children. The health department has started using a Vaccine and Logistics Evaluator (VALUE) device, developed…


Programme management

All topics related to immunization programme management, including planning, budgeting, financing, performance monitoring, and human resources.

Delays in introducing 'rotavirus vaccine' caused thousands to die

Despite very high child mortality rate due to rotavirus diarrhoea, a government-led programme failed to introduce the necessary vaccine to save precious lives of children for four years. This was revealed in an audit of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation…

The Express Tribune

MSF launches new strategies to help gov’ts buy 'expensive' pneumonia vaccine

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Monday held a conference in Amman, announcing the launch of new strategies to help governments negotiate prices to obtain the life-saving pneumococcal vaccine, an MSF statement said. Pneumonia is the main cause of…

Facing significant yellow fever outbreak, Brazil appeals for more vaccine

Brazil, in the grips of an unusually large yellow fever outbreak, has asked for millions of doses of vaccine from an international emergency stockpile. The body that maintains and manages the stockpile, the International Coordinating Group on Vaccine Provision, has…

New ways for financing vaccination in Indonesia

During autumn last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that a vaccine to prevent dengue fever was available for people across the world aged 9 to 16 years old. This should have been exceptionally welcome news in Indonesia, where…

Global initiatives

All topics related to global immunization initiatives, including advocacy and communications, awareness-raising, and global strategies.

Millions of children across Somalia vaccinated against measles in UN-backed campaign

One million children aged six months to 10 years in Puntland and 4.2 million across Somalia were reached during a five-day measles campaign that wrapped up on Sunday, the United Nations has reported. “It is a priority for WHO [World…

UN News Centre

Increasing vaccine coverage in developing countries focus of new Imperial hub

The Hub, which involves multiple research partners, will be led by Professor Robin Shattock from Imperial’s Department of Medicine and involves scientists across Departments of Chemical Engineering and Life Sciences. The researchers at the Hub aim to improve the response…

Imperial College London

Measles deaths fall to a record low worldwide

For the first time in history, annual deaths around the globe from measles have fallen below 100,000, the World Health Organization announced this year. As recently as the 1980s, measles killed 2.6 million people a year. The decline — a…

The New York Times

Amid protracted and widespread violence, WHO partners with National NGOs to improve immunization coverage and save the lives of women and children in South Sudan

The World Health Organization (WHO) is expanding on its partners’ engagement mechanisms to address critical barriers in reaching vulnerable persons including women and children with life-saving interventions in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, where access and restrictions on movement severely hinder…



General immunization news, as well as events, jobs, RFPs, and useful resources.

Birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine may not be necessary: Study

A new study by a group of Indian Pediatricians shows that many newborns are protected from Hepatitis B infection by antibodies they receive from the mother and therefore hepatitis B vaccination at birth may not be necessary. Hepatitis B, a…

Sanofi to refund P1.4B in vaccines; gov’t wants P3.5B

SANOFI Pasteur, manufacturer of the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, yesterday agreed to refund the Department of Health (DOH) P1.4 billion for unused vaccines in the government’s suspended dengue vaccination program.Sanofi, in a statement, said it responded positively to the DOH’s request…


Satellites predict a cholera outbreak weeks in advance

Orbiting satellites can warn us of bad weather and help us navigate to that new taco joint. Scientists are also using data satellites to solve a worldwide problem: predicting cholera outbreaks. Cholera infects millions of people each year, leading to thousands of…

Scientific American

We’re not ready for a flu pandemic

The influenza season is just getting started in the United States, and it already promises to be more severe than usual. Hospital emergency rooms are filling up with flu sufferers, and pharmacies have reported medicine shortages. Twelve children had died…

The New York Times

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