An epidemic can hit us anything without warning. In recent times, Asia has experienced both the devastating effects of SARs and H1N1. Is the next epidemic just around the corner? In fact, recent report from a press briefing organised by a pharmaceutical company seemed to suggest that the next epidemic "time bomb" that may explode in the Asia-Pacific will be the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease .
Which brings us to the point that it is imperative to be prepared, and know to to accelerate the manufacturing of vaccines during an epidemic or outbreak in Asia. At World Vaccine Congress Asia 2012, we had George Adams the Vaccine Program for EMD Millipore who shared with us exactly how this could be done. In his presentation, he covered the following points:
- Learning from past experience to prepare your manufacturing facilities to cope with increased demand in a epidemic
- Implementing innovative technology to speed up time to market
- Mapping the role of flexible manufacturing to fast track vaccine production