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.

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…


Vaccines aren't enough – working on a way to stop the polio virus for good

There were just 74 cases of polio reported worldwide in 2015. Thanks to a global vaccination drive, this crippling disease, which once affected hundreds of thousands of people a year, is now on the verge of extinction. The World Health…


Trial results of Zika vaccine Sanofi dropped show promise

A Zika vaccine Sanofi SA dropped in September under political pressure over pricing produced strong responses in more than 90 percent of those taking part in an early-stage clinical trial, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. The results, published in the…


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 market more quickly. Pharmaceutical approvals in China can take…

Financial times

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.

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…


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 used to continuously monitor the temperature of vaccines in a…


Service delivery  

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

Bangladesh provides free diptheria vaccines to Rohingya children

The Government of Bangladesh, in support of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) launched a vaccination campaign against diphtheria and other preventable diseases for all Rohingya children aged between six weeks to six…


Advisory groups meet to review progress against polio eradication

Despite focused efforts to stop the transmission of wild poliovirus in 2017, to date this year 17 cases have been reported globally; six from Pakistan and 11 in Afghanistan. During a series of meetings to review progress in the two…


Social media trends can predict tipping points in vaccine scares

Analyzing trends on Twitter and Google can help predict vaccine scares that can lead to disease outbreaks, according to a study from the University of Waterloo. In the study, researchers examined Google searches and geocoded tweets with the help of…


Addressing anti-vaccine scare

The latest diphtheria outbreak, which has killed 32 people nationwide, leads to the question: should vaccinations be mandatory? From January to November, the Health Ministry recorded 593 cases of diphtheria with 32 fatalities in 20 of the country’s 34 provinces.…

The Jakarta Post

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).

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…


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…

Bid Initiative

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.

1.4 million vaccines from global stockpile support yellow fever control in Nigeria

The International Coordinating Group (ICG) on vaccine provision for yellow fever has provided 1.4 million vaccine doses for an immunization campaign that starts on Saturday (2 December) to help control an ongoing yellow fever outbreak in Nigeria. The Government of…


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…


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 outbreaks, including those in Yemen and northern…

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 100,000 people every year. It is the first time governments,…


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

Better vaccine targeting: study identifies key mechanism

In a study led by researchers at Yale and The Jackson Laboratory, investigators zeroed in on a specific cell type that is uniquely responsible for activating a strong response to vaccination. The insight could lead to changes in how vaccines…

Yale News

Doctor wins 2017 John Maddox prize for countering HPV vaccine misinformation

A Japanese doctor who has stood up to a campaign of misinformation around a common anti-cancer vaccine has won a prestigious prize for championing evidence in the face of hostility and personal threats. Riko Muranaka at Kyoto University was awarded…

The Guardian

New vaccine, long-acting drug trials buoy hopes in HIV fight

Researchers announced the launch of two big studies in Africa on Thursday to test a new HIV vaccine and a long-acting injectable drug, fuelling hopes for better ways to protect against the virus that causes AIDS. The start of the…

The New York Times

Vaccines and aid workers arrive in Yemen after blockade

Critically needed aid arrived Saturday in war-torn Yemen, some of the first such aid to arrive since Saudi Arabia imposed a blockade of the country in early November. Passenger planes carrying aid workers and around 1.9 million vaccine doses --…


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