Improving vaccine supplies during wars and natural disasters
The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with drug makers and humanitarian groups to have a new mechanism in place to acquire vaccines for distribution at a lower cost (link). The aim is to obtain vaccines at prices similar to those negotiated by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) for the United Nations children’s fund (UNICEF), with the goal to protect those affected during wars and natural disasters. Navigating this issue will not be simple. WHO’s plan will make vaccines available to only NGOs and other humanitarian groups; not to health ministries or national authorities. This might reduce the impact on the volume of vaccines solicited and encourage participation of vaccine manufactures.