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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.

China hastens drug approval with embrace of foreign data

China will allow the use of data from overseas clinical trials for approvals of new drugs, in a move likely to enable multinationals to bring products to the world’s second-largest pharmaceutical...

Financial times

MIT researchers develop one-shot vaccine series

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new tool for vaccination that could allow providers to deliver multiple doses of a medication or vaccine in one shot....

Study finds typhoid vaccine Typbar-TCV effective

Vaccine-maker Bharat Biotech said its next-generation typhoid vaccine Typbar-TCV has demonstrated safety and efficacy in a high-risk human challenge clinical study carried out at Oxford University.

Quoting findings from the study published in the journal The Lancet, the company claimed the vaccine produced 87% effectiveness.

The ...

An Australian tobacco plant may help us finally eliminate polio

Plants are like a factory, powered by sunlight to manufacture food using carbon dioxide and water. Now, scientists have found a way to use a tobacco-like plant to create particles for a new polio vaccine.

In a study published in the journal Nature Communications in August, researchers from the John Innes Centre in the United Kingdom repo...

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 s...

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 2016 which caused widespread damage to health and community...

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 contain proteins which break down and become unusable at room temperat...

'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 year, provides a platform for UK-based students to showcase their global health research ideas a...

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.

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 Re...


Blockchain could combat African challenges

But Pillay says the possible applications for blockchain technology in Africa go far beyond the administrative sphere. For example, a combination of blockchain and the Internet of Things could be u...


How to create a data culture for your supply chain

Recent experience in seven countries has taught us how crucial it is to create a data culture for supply chain by focusing on people as well as technology. This new, people-centered approach takes the idea of a commercial sector control tower and applies it to public health.

Leading companies from  data


Hospitals face shortage of chickenpox vaccine, Oman

A shortage of chickenpox vaccines in Oman has led to a health scare in the country, with private hospitals and polyclinics unable to meet demand for more than a month.

Chickenpox, a highly contagious disease, is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, with symptoms including blister-like rashes, itching, tiredness, and fever. The vaccine f...

Gulf news

Service delivery  

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

This Kerala doctor injected herself to convince reluctant parents about the MR vaccine

Dr Shimna Azeez, a medical officer at Manjeri Medical College in Malappuram, stood before hundreds of parents at a school in the district in the first week of November.

Although the school ...

The News Minute

Innovations in reverse cold-chain building resilience for disease surveillance in Sudan

It starts with a sick child, whose arms or legs have suddenly become weak and floppy. A trip to the local health centre, which could be many miles away, confirms that the child is showing classic signs of acute flaccid paralysis. This is one of the key indicators for poliovirus and kick starts the  Polio , Surveillance


Boko Haram violence, corruption and poverty: causes of poor immunisation coverage in Nigeria

In Gwoza and Jere, local government areas of Borno state, ridden by Boko Haram – one of the world’s deadliest militant groups – an outbreak of polio re-occurred. The disease paralysed two children. This incident was described as a disaster coming on the heels of the country’s celebration of its second anniversary without the wild polio v...

Development Cable

Yemen set to run out of fuel and vaccine in a month: UNICEF

Yemen’s stocks of fuel and vaccines will run out in a month unless a Saudi-led military coalition allows aid into the blockaded port of Hodeidah and Sanaa airport, UNICEF’s representative in th...


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).

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 regim...


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 usi...


BID Initiative partners with I-TECH to track vaccinations with better data

The digital health landscape is rife with disconnected systems that make it challenging to aggregate information and improve the health of populations. After years of disjointed experiences, multiple organizations and governments have found that multi-platform, standardized, and connected information systems are critical to allow health care pro...

Bid Initiative

With better immunisation data, Nigeria on track to reach every child with vaccines

A picture is worth a thousand words, they say, but numbers can speak volumes. And this year, when the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF released their report on global immunisation coverage, those numbers revealed many volumes. For me, the standout figure was that 1 in 10 infants worldwide did not receive any vaccinations in 2016. This ...

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 (EPI) by the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP). The AGP’s report was submitted...

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 the increase of deaths among children around the worl...

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 approved the release of more than 3.5 million doses of the vaccine, accor...

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 dengue has affected more than 120,000 people at a cost of roughly US$323 million annually, according t...

Global initiatives

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

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is exploring new partnerships to increase access to immunization

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, spends $35 to fully immunize a child. But it would spend $36 or $37 per child if that extra investment meant better tracking and therefore savings over time. Multiply an extra $1 or $2 by the number of children for whom Gavi purchases va...


Cholera: ending a 50-year pandemic

The global annual cholera burden is estimated at around 2·9 million cases per year, resulting in 95 000 deaths. In 2017, these estimates could be far exceeded due to a number of devastating outb...

The Lancet

First global pledge to end cholera by 2030

Health officials from around the world are meeting in France to commit to preventing 90% of cholera deaths by 2030.

The disease, which is spread through contaminated water, kills about 100,...

Anti-vaccine sentiment thriving on Twitter: study

Anti-vaccine sentiment is alive and thriving on Twitter and other social media websites, according to a study which shows that regions with large number of new mothers are most likely to be hotbeds of tweets opposing vaccines.

In the five-year study, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania showed the most negati...


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

India: Unmerited Pfizer patent on pneumonia vaccine limits access for children

Pfizer does not deserve the patent it was granted in August on its pneumonia vaccine, said Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). MSF is set to argue tomorrow in the High Court of Delhi,India that it should be overt...


UN leaders appeal for immediate lifting of humanitarian blockade in Yemen – lives of millions are at risk

While the Saudi-led military coalition has partially lifted the recent blockade of Yemen, closure of much of the country’s air, sea and land ports is making an already catastrophic situation far ...


Leeds measles outbreak sparks Public Health England warning

An outbreak of measles in Leeds has sparked a warning from health chiefs.
Public Health England (PHE) said three confirmed cases and four suspected cases had been reported in the city since th...

BBC News

Alibaba ties up with GlaxoSmithKline for online HPV vaccine appointment service

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is pushing for one more inclusion in this year’s Singles’ Day shopping trolley – HPV vaccine.

GlaxoSmithKline’s Cervarix is the first HPV vaccine li...

South China Morning Post

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