Vaccine Issue focuses on immunization supply chains

Bruce Y. Lee, Director of Operations Research at the International Vaccine Access Center and Associate Professor of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (among other titles) shared an article with Forbes magazine about the recent focus on vaccine supply chains in Volume 35, Issue 17 of the journal Vaccine. Lee, Raja Rao, senior program officer at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Benjamin Schreiber, senior health advisor at UNICEF, recently edited the special issue of the journal. The issue, “Building Next-Generation Immunization Supply Chains” featured 31 publications on vaccine supply chains and their importance in reaching the poor and the vulnerable. In his Forbes article, Lee highlights some of the publications contained in the Vaccine issue, including:

Editorial: No product, no program: The critical role of supply chains in closing the immunization gap.

Some pieces in the issue focus on vaccine cold chains, including:

“Doses per vaccine vial container: An understated and underestimated driver of performance that needs more evidence”  discusses how the number of vaccine doses per via potentially affects delivery schedules and potential vaccine wastage.

Other articles focus on nuanced supply chain issues in certain areas, including technical and technological impact:

Redesigning vaccine supply chains and engagement of public officials is also covered in the Vaccine issue. One article on the topic is System redesign of the immunization supply chain: Experiences from Benin and Mozambique. A detailed article, When technical achievements aren’t enough: Lessons learned from efforts to catalyze policy action on supply chain in Senegal, highlights discussions and processes immunization experts used to convince officials in Senegal that their immunization supply chain needed to change.

The Forbes write up contains links to the articles above, and the entire issue of Vaccine (Volume 35, Issue 17) is available here. We encourage both visitors to our site, as well as PQMD members, to read further on the issue.