Canada Launches Official Vaccination iPhone App

Yesterday the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health at the Canadian Public Health Association, launched a new vaccination app for Apple iPhone and google android users: ImmunizeCA. The app, produced in partnership with Immunize Canada and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, is designed to give Canadians a tool through which they can track the vaccinations of themselves and their families. …

Waiting for a Malaria Vaccine: Strengthening the supply chain

With potential malaria vaccines just a couple of years away, there’s a real need to start looking at whether the supply chains found in the developing world will be able to support the sort of mass roll-out that we would expect for a vaccine that has the potential to save millions of lives each year. With organisations such as the …

Fingerprint Scanning Leads to Improved Vaccination Rates in West Africa

lumidigm multispectral imaging fingerprint sensors have now been installed at 31 clinics across southern Benin, West Africa. These scanners were developed in coordination with VaxTrac, and through a combination of the latest vaccine record keeping software and lumidigm’s fingerprint sensors, the hope is that vaccine waste can be decreased from the 50% found in many regions, whilst increasing the number …

No Ice? No Problem: Vaccines successfully endure African heat

A trial using 15,000 vials of MenAfriVac  has successfully shown that the vaccines can survive the ‘last leg’ of the vaccine’s journey in nothing more than a picnic cooler. The trial, published today in Vaccine, examined the effects of this approach, called a  ‘controlled temperature chain‘ (CTC), on a drive across Benin to vaccinate against  meningococcal bacterium Neisseria meningitidis group A back in …

White Paper: Scaling-up Influenza: Improving manufacturing agility with GE Healthcare

Overview of a scale-up of a cell-based influenza virus production process using ReadyToProcess equipment posted on behalf of GE Healthcare Life Sciences “The aim of this white paper is to demonstrate how GE Healthcare Life Sciences single-use products can be applied in the field of vaccine manufacturing. The white paper includes a brief discussion around modern vaccine processes, followed by a …

Biometric Records to Improve Vaccination Rates in Developing Countries

Fingerprint sensors are reportedly helping reduce vaccine waste in developing countries by allowing healthcare workers to immediately consult a patient’s vaccination record. According to biometric authentication company Lumidigm, many patients in developing countries are being re-immunized unnecessarily while other children are completely missed. This means that finite supplies of vaccine go to waste, adding unnecessary costs to vaccination programmes and …

GSK, Sanofi Pasteur partner with Gates Foundation to accelerate vaccine R&D

GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur have each announced a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) through the newly created Vaccine Discovery Partnership (VxDP). The VxDP is a BMGF initiative that aims to drive advances in vaccine R&D through collaboration with vaccine-pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology institutions, NGOs and academia. The partnership with GSK will focus on research into vaccine thermostability, …

Sanofi vaccine sales drop a one-off, says Viehbacher

Sanofi’s third-quarter vaccine sales fell 7.2%, Reuters has reported. But CEO Chris Viehbacher has ascribed the slump in sales to a manufacturing issue at Sanofi’s Toronto vaccine plant, which led to a shortage in the US market of the company’s paediatric vaccines. The manufacturing problem has now been resolved and shipping of the vaccines has restarted. Sanofi doesn’t expect its …

GAVI gathers minds to tackle vaccine supply chain issues

"Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective healthcare interventions ever invented, but they can become unusable due to supply chain failures, requiring innovative ways to store and transport them," says GAVI CEO Dr Seth Berkley. No matter how great a vaccine is, it's useless if you can't adequately deliver it to the people that need it. Now GAVI has launched …