5 Key Steps to a Successful Vaccine Rollout

Vaccines’ disease-fighting super powers are clear. However, a successful rollout is not guaranteed. A lack of planning and political will can allow misinformation and scandals to destroy public confidence.

Introducing a vaccine into a country is full of pitfalls, from supply chain failures to public opinion backlash, explains Marian W. Wentworth, now president and CEO of Management Sciences for Health, in an exclusive GHN commentary. She points to examples like China’s recent vaccine scandal and the Japanese government’s decision to withdraw support for the HPV vaccine after unconfirmed reports that the shots caused brain damage and seizures.

Drawing on her experience as a Merck vice president responsible for introducing the Gardasil HPV vaccine to more than 80 countries, Wentworth offers 5 tips to ensure a well-planned and executed vaccine rollout, from sound policies and laws to common, consistent messaging.

Marian W. Wentworth for Global Health NOW

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