Vaccine Supply Chain, Cold Chain, and Logistics

Call for more weaponry against ‘neglected malaria’

[NEW DELHI] The World Health Organization has called for more research on ways to battle malaria caused by the Plasmodium vivax parasite, in the wake of a surge of infections in Western India.
According to the WHO, the parasite is spreading fast in the Indian cities of Ahmedabad, Bikaner and Mumbai. It still kills fewer people than its relation P. falciparum, but is harder to prevent and treat.
“P. vivax is harder to eliminate than P. falciparum due to its relapsing nature.”

A polio-free world is in sight: what’s needed to wipe out the last 1%

The next three years are crucial in the global fight to eradicate the last 1% of polio cases and contain the virus across the world. But it will only become a reality with a combination of intensive vaccination campaigns and high-level surveillance to trace and monitor each polio case and circulating viruses.

Pas assez de vaccins pour combattre la méningite

Le manque de vaccins risque de provoquer une grave flambée de méningite en Afrique, a averti mardi 28 juillet à Genève l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS). Deux pays, le Nigeria et le Niger, connaissent une recrudescence alarmante des cas.
Depuis le début de l'année, 12'000 cas de méningite C, dont 800 mortels, ont été recensés dans ces deux pays, a précisé l'agence de l'ONU. Cette épidémie risque de remettre en cause les progrès enregistrés ces dernières années.

Africa celebrates one year without polio: UN

MOGADISHU: Africa has marked one year since the last case of recorded polio, with the United Nations celebrating today a key step towards eradicating the disease. 
The last recorded case on the continent was in Somalia in August 11 2014, although health officials must wait two more years before declaring the continent free from the highly infectious, crippling virus. 
The UN children's agency UNICEF, which plays a key role in polio vaccinations, called it an "extraordinary achievement" but warned it was "not an end point." 

Pénurie de vaccins, pourquoi l’industrie pharma ne peut pas agir vite

Les pharmaciens parisiens ont encore tiré la sonnette d’alarme le mardi 28 juillet : les vaccins combinés anticoqueluche, diphtérie, polio et le BCG sont en rupture de stock. Ces vaccins sont soit obligatoires soit recommandés par le ministère de la Santé. La pénurie dure depuis le premier semestre 2015. "Et cela ne touche pas seulement la France, c’est une crise mondiale", souligne Soizic Courcier, directeur médical de GSK France. Le laboratoire produit l’Infanrix Tetra et l’Infanrix Quinta, deux vaccins combinés indisponibles depuis plusieurs mois.


Le constat est alarmant. Selon l’Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament (ANSM), entre 2008 et 2014, les ruptures d’approvisionnement des médicaments ont été multipliées par 10 et, d’après Le Parisien, le phénomène s’aggrave de plus en plus rapidement. En effet, selon Issam Bouha, un pharmacien de Clamart cité par le quotidien, depuis mai, "300 médicaments s'affichent en rupture de stock sur les listings des fournisseurs".

For Vaccines Needed in an Epidemic, Timing is Everything

Last year, scientists launched a trial of an experimental vaccine against Ebola in Guinea. On Friday, they reported great news: The vaccine works well, providing remarkable protection just 10 days after injection.

2m meningitis vaccines ready for local pilgrims

Two million meningitis vaccines have been distributed among health centers in 20 governorates and provinces across the Kingdom for domestic Haj pilgrims.
It is mandatory for all pilgrims to be vaccinated against meningitis and for those coming from abroad to be vaccinated against meningitis as well as other contagious diseases, Deputy Health Minister for Public Health Abdulaziz bin Saeed was quoted by local media on Sunday.

Health ministry gets immunization equipment

In a bid to extend effective immunization services in different parts of the country, government has received new immunization equipment to promote the exercise. 
The equipment was procured by UNICEF on behalf of Ministry of Health which was funded by Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).  
 The equipment is part of the $21 million (about sh71b) that was given to Uganda by GAVI for immunization programs in 2013.

'Leaky' Vaccines May Cause Super-Virulent Strains of a Virus to Survive

Could vaccines cause more virulent viruses? Researchers have conducted experiments with the herpesvirus that causes Marek's disease in poultry and have found that some vaccines could allow more-virulent versions of a virus to survive.