Immunization news

Stay up-to-date with the latest news, curated by experts from reputable websites across the world and organized into categories.

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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.

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 v

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 medicin

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 p

'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 Competitio

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.

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

Gulf news

What’s behind Switzerland’s vaccine shortage?

It’s oneof the wealthiest nations in the world, yet Switzerland is struggling to maintain stocks of 16 key vaccines, forcing doctors to adapt their practices. What’s causing the shortfall, and

Buzz as world's biggest drone drug deliveries take off in Tanzania

Tanzania is set to launch the world’s largest drone delivery network in January, with drones parachuting blood and medicines out of the skies to save the lives of women giving birth and children

Drones and phones: how mobile tech is fighting global diseases

When Cosmas Bunywera went to school in the Kenyan Rift Valley more than 20 years ago, few children wore glasses, opticians were rare and most pupils’ eye problems were not picked up until it was

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).

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, multip

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 coverag

Community leaders use simple tools to track immunization defaulters in Zimbabwe

Home-Based Records (HBRs) are an important data collection and monitoring tool used by parents, health workers, and health administrators to track a child’s vaccination history. JSI’s H

Electronic immunization registry and tracking system in Sierra Leone

In November 2016 we announced the launch of a Child Immunization Initiative in Sierra Leone - an Electronic Vaccination Record and Tracking Project, also known as VaxTrac. The goal of this initiati

Service delivery  

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

Understanding behaviours as a first step to addressing declining vaccination uptake in Europe

Routine immunization coverage has declined in the WHO European Region as a whole over the past 5 years, creating increased risk of new outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. National immunizati

WHO Euro

Failure to vaccinate is likely driver of U.S. measles outbreaks, report says

People who don’t get vaccinated are the most likely reason for the steady increase in the rate of measles and major outbreaks in the United States, according to an analysis released Tuesday.

Are there lasting lessons from polio eradication for global health?

2017 is a year in which the fewest number of polio cases have ever been recorded. There is only 1 type of wild polio virus left, and reaching the last case is in our sights. This has not happened b

Bishop renews attack on HPV vaccine despite HSE warning women’s lives in danger

The Catholic Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Phonsie Cullinan, has renewed his attack on the HPV vaccine, despite a warning by the HSE that he is endangering women’s lives.

Getting the H

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.


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

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 t

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

Global initiatives

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

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

900,000 vaccines “en route” to Cox’s Bazar to prevent cholera

The International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision will release 900,000 doses of the Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) from the global stockpile to prevent the spread of cholera among recentl

Sanofi quietly pulls the plug on its Zika vaccine project

Vaccine giant Sanofi Pasteur has quietly pulled the plug on its Zika vaccine project, a move that underscores how difficult it may be at this stage to develop a vaccine against the virus.



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

16 dead, 421 sickened in San Diego Hepatitis A outbreak

At least 421 people have been sickened and 16 have been killed during an outbreak of Hepatitis A in San Diego as of Sept. 12, 2017.

Some 292 people of the 421 were hospitalized due to the i

The Epoch Times

Italy has three chikungunya fever cases in Anzio

Three people have been diagnosed with mosquito-borne chikungunya fever in Anzio, 50km (30 miles) south of Rome, Italian media report.

The viral disease causes acute fever and joint pain, an

New study finds improved vaccine that protects against nine types of HPV is highly effective

Cervical cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related death worldwide, with almost 300,000 deaths occurring each year. More than 80 percent of these deaths occur in developing nations.

PATH receives $120M Gates Foundation grant to fuel vaccine development across the globe

Seattle-based global health nonprofit PATH announced Wednesday that it has received a $120 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at fueling the organization’s development

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