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 …

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 …

MenAfriVac drives down meningitis A cases to 10-year low

Great news. MenAfriVac is working, and it's working really well. The World Health Organization announced on Thursday that case numbers of meningitis A in the African meningitis belt have been driven to their lowest levels in 10 years. MenAfriVac was developed with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to tackle the epidemics of the disease that swept through …