Vaccine Supply Chain, Cold Chain, and Logistics

Polio, Measles drive kicks off in tribal belt

Around 1.7 million children will be administered measles and polio vaccines in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas during an ongoing immunisation drive.

Single Cholera Vaccine Dose May Slow Cholera Epidemics

When it comes to a vaccine to prevent cholera, one dose may be as good as two. That is the finding of a new study whose authors say the strategy would make a new vaccine that is in short supply go further.
The World Health Organization is stockpiling 2 million doses of a recently licensed oral cholera vaccine to prevent the severe diarrheal illness.  
An estimated 1.4 billion people around the world, according to the WHO, are at risk for contracting the water-borne illness, making the stockpile woefully inadequate to meet the need.

Betting on Better Data

When you mention innovation, most people immediately think of the latest app that tracks daily life with pinpoint precision, or costly new technologies like Google Glass that just a decade ago would have been considered impossible.

Cholera Vaccine: Reduction to Single Dose May Save Lives

Vaccination campaigns that use a single dose of oral cholera vaccine (OCV) may be able to prevent more deaths than the standard two-dose campaign, according to a modeling study published online August 25 in PLOS Medicine. Such a strategy may be especially important when vaccine supplies are limited or when an outbreak is characterized by complex logistics.

Nigeria: Polio-Borne Paralysis Jumps 28 Percent in FCT

Cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) in the FCT have increased by 28% this year alone, and authorities say it signals increased surveillance on poliomyelitis.
Some 292 cases of AFP were recorded in the first six months of 2015 alone, compared with a total 228 last year, according to executive secretary of the FCT's Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed.
He was speaking during the field visit of UN secretary-general Ban Ki Moon to a health centre in the FCT's Area 2, Garki.

Ebola aftermath is ‘best chance’ to transform future epidemic response – UN health agency

24 August 2015 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today warned that infectious diseases have become “a much larger menace” under the unique conditions of the 21st century with its unprecedented global travel volume of nearly 100,000 flights carrying 8.6 million passengers every day.
WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan, said however, that “the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak likely represents our best chance ever to transform the world’s response to epidemics and other health emergencies.”

Measles in Asia: Mongolia cases way up; Philippines and Vietnam down significantly

The number of measles cases in the Western Pacific Region of the World Health Organization as a whole is down significantly through the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period last year.


A letter from Tom Frieden on Polio Eradication

In addition to his role as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Frieden is Chair of the Polio Oversight Board. The letter, published July 31, 2015, outlines successes of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and action items moving beyond the midterm review. 
Dear Colleagues, 

NIAID funds Soligenix with $2.7M in ricin vaccine effort

If this week's collaborations are any indication, the U.S. government isn't taking bioterror threats lightly.


Meningitis C vaccine shortage prompts fears of major outbreak in Africa

A shortage of meningitis C vaccine is threatening to jeopardise the ability to cope with a potential outbreak of the disease in Africa, international public health organisations, including the World Health Organisation, have warned.
A Meningitis A vaccine introduced in 2010, MenAfriVac, has dramatically reduced incidence of that strain but type C infections have been increasing and a cheap equivalent that would protect against meningitis C, among other strains, is still years away.