Immunization news

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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.

WHO deploys vaccines, emergency teams to control Ebola outbreak

The World Health Organization has deployed 4,000 doses of vaccine along with emergency teams and equipment to the Democratic Republic of Congo to control an outbreak of Ebola, which is suspected to have infected 39 people, including 19 deaths. The…

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Hib combination vaccines: efficient and effective

Combination vaccines have advantages compared with single-antigen formulations—for instance, they require fewer injections and patient visits and potentially lower costs. As many countries begin to include inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) in routine vaccination programmes, the use of high-valency combination vaccines…

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World Health Organisation warns against dengue vaccine risks

Fresh concerns about the efficacy of the world’s first ever Dengue vaccine has come to light as the World Health Organisation (WHO) noted that there is an urgent need to describe the potential risks of the vaccine. Therefore, it has…

DNA

In encouraging sign, Ebola vaccine appears to provide long-lasting protection

An international consortium of researchers has reported that an Ebola vaccine appears to provide volunteers protection against the virus two years after they were injected — encouraging findings both for the public health community and the vaccine’s manufacturer. An earlier…

StatNews

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.

Timestrip smart indicators help combat rabies in Africa

Mission Rabies field teams in Malawi used adhesive temperature monitors during a four week mass vaccination drive. Two different Timestrip temperature monitors were used to alert the teams to the critical temperature thresholds of 0°C and 30°C.  As freezing rapidly…

Cambridge Network

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…

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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…

www.sciencedaily.com

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.

Next generation vaccine supply chain software available

Many of the world’s vaccine supply chains are broken and aren’t getting life-saving and life improving vaccines to adults and children who need them, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Vaccine supply chains are complex systems of storage locations, equipment,…

JohnsHopkins

Promising technologies for closing the immunization gap

Later this month, the global health community will celebrate World Immunization Week, a chance to acknowledge our progress and spread awareness about the collective action needed to ensure that everyone is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. Achieving full immunization coverage will require…

Bid Initiative

Global Shortage of hepatitis B vaccine caused by manufacturing process

Although supplies of the hepatitis B vaccine have improved in the past year, a backlog vaccinations which had to be deferred continue to cause problems and disrupt the healthcare system. Ordering restrictions will remain in place in order to prioritise vaccinations for…

www.openaccessgovernment.org

Swiss firm brings blockchain to the biopharmaceutical cold chain

No matter how you measure it, the American pharmaceutical industry is gigantic: the $446B Americans spent on medicines in 2016 represented 45% of the global market; while Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Switzerland are major players, the United…

www.freightwaves.com

Service delivery  

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

Measles vaccination gaps in teenagers and young adults highlighted in ECDC’s report

ECDC data show that up to 80% of teenagers and young adults who contracted measles in 2017 had not been vaccinated. ECDC analysis of sub-national data indicates that even countries with high overall levels of vaccine coverage may have groups…

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Twelve key facts on vaccines today

Two-thirds of unvaccinated children live in fragile countries or those affected by conflict. Between 2010 and 2016, Syria saw the sharpest decline in vaccinated children, with coverage* falling by 38 percentage points over this period. Second is Ukraine where coverage…

UNICEF

Dr Tedros, WHO Director-General, launches the EYE Strategy in Africa

On 10 April 2018, as part of the Eliminate Yellow fever Epidemics (EYE) Strategy regional kick-off meeting in Abuja, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, together with Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole, Nigeria’s Minister of Health, and other partners called African…

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Rise in vaccine hesitancy related to pursuit of purity – Prof. Heidi Larson

The rise of alternative health practices and a quest for purity can partly explain the falling confidence in vaccines which is driving outbreaks of preventable diseases such as measles, according to Heidi Larson, professor of anthropology, risk and decision medicine…

Horizon

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).

Can Text Messages Prevent a Cholera Outbreak?

Christine Marie George, PhD, an associate professor in International Health, is turning to the ubiquitous mobile phone to help reduce infection rates in Bangladesh, one of the planet’s poorest countries with one of the highest risks for cholera. Cholera is spread,…

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Health workers in Tanzania become data use champions, set national example

When the BID Initiative first began working in Tanzania to introduce data quality and use interventions alongside the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC), using data was not an everyday practice for most health care workers…

Bid Initiative

“It doesn’t have to be like ripping off a Band-Aid”: Transitioning from paper to digital records

During the 2017 Global Digital Health Forum session on Injecting Digital Technology into Old-School Immunization Systems, Dawn Seymour from PATH discussed the value of electronic immunization registries. Despite the benefits of such registries, including more accurate data, she and her colleagues Sang Dao Dinh and…

Bid Initiative

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

Programme management

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

HPV Vaccines and #FAKENEWS

What’s the worry? Specifically, some have claimed that the vaccine is linked to: complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) Why the confusion? CRPS and POTS are real but very rare conditions that can affect teenagers. HPV…

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Airing pneumonia’s dirty laundry, one story at a time

This year, the 11th International Symposium on Pneumococci and Pneumococcal Diseases(ISPPD-11) was full of these kinds of stories. Stories of hope, sorrow, and science—all from renowned and upcoming researchers and doctors in the pneumonia and pneumococcal field. They came from far…

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Development of visual aid for the multi - dose vial policy

In light of the limited global supply of the inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV), the PAHO Immunization Unit wanted to find ways to help countries strengthen compliance with the Multi-dose Open Vial Policy of the World Health Organization (WHO). For this…

WHO

Effective health financing found to improve service delivery in Pakistan

I am thrilled to share that JSI’s work to improve health financing in Pakistan’s second-largest province, Sindh, was found to improve health service delivery. As many of us who work in public health know, measuring the effects of HSS efforts,…

The Pump

Global initiatives

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

UN’s Health and Development Agencies Join Forces for Good Health

While real progress has been made on a number of serious health issues, half of the world’s citizens lack access to essential health services. Today, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and WHO signed a five year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)…

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Largest-ever global response to cholera targets 2 million people in Africa

The largest cholera vaccination drive in history targeting two million people across Africa is underway, the United Nations announced on Monday, in response to a series of recent deadly outbreaks of the water-borne disease.  “Oral cholera vaccines are a key weapon in…

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A $12 Million Innovation Prize for a Universal Flu Vaccine

The new $12 million Ending the Pandemic Threat: A Grand Challenge for Universal Influenza Vaccine Development from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lucy and Larry Page is an important and necessary step intended to spark innovative ideas toward finding a game-changing…

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Countries urged to harness the power of vaccines

Countries are being urged to introduce a vaccine that could save the lives of hundreds of thousands of children every year. Around half a million children die annually from diarrhoeal disease, with around half of these deaths – 213,000 – attributed to…

The Telegraph

Announcements

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

New management training for immunization leaders launches in Rwanda

The Yale Global Health Initiative (GHLI) joined the Rwanda-based University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), PATH, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to strengthen management of national immunization programs around the world. The Expanded Program on Immunization Leadership and Management Program…

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WHO responds to a new Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Government of Democratic Republic of the Congo has declared an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the remote health zone of Bikoro, Equateur Province. WHO is supporting the Ministry of Health and partners in the activation of an Emergency…

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ThinkWell’s ICAN launches global evidence on the cost of vaccine delivery

ThinkWell has launched the findings from a systematic review of the current evidence base on immunization delivery costs (IDC) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Conducted as part of the Immunization Costing Action Network (ICAN), the review aims to answer…

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The Global Immunization Newsletter (GIN) - April 2018 is out!

The "Global Immunization News" newsletter is out, including the list of Meetings and Key Events Related to Immunization.   The newsletter and previous versions are also available online at the following website:  http://www.who.int/immunization/gin/en/

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