15 children died in South Sudan following a measles vaccination campaign that included contaminated vaccines and 12 year olds vaccinating kids, AP reports. The children (all under age 5) died in early May of “severe sepsis/toxicity” after 1 syringe was used  in the rural…

15,000 people were vaccinated on the first day of Oman’s aggressive new MMR vaccination plan which comes in response to WHO measles surveillance data.   The initiative, which the Ministry of Health hopes will vaccinate 2 million people, launched phase one on May 14 ahead of…

Like many working in the vaccine world, Seth Berkley and his colleagues at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, have a double challenge: Getting vaccines to the millions of people who can’t afford them while also persuading the vaccine hesitant to immunize their children.

On Saturday, India’s government announced a much-anticipated decision to include the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) in the government’s Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP). The vaccine will protect children against severe forms of pneumococcal disease, such as…

Vaccines—the exemplar of a cost-effective public health intervention—reach only a fraction of those who need them. Perhaps just 10% of the world’s children receive all 11 vaccines recommended by the WHO, says Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Reversing that…

As the wealth gap in the Philippines steadily grows, leaders in poor communities are educating their neighbors about the importance of immunization. Childhood immunization rates in the Philippines have fallen due to stock-outs, poverty and long queues at health centers.   “…

A Somali-American community in Hennepin County, Minnesota, is at the center of an ongoing measles outbreak that has infected at least 34 children. The measles vaccination rate in the population has been declining for years, and today the vaccination rate among Minnesota’s 2…

The cholera vaccine Shanchol may be safe for pregnant women, according to a recent observational cohort study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.  

No matter how effective, no matter how technologically advanced, no matter how inexpensive a vaccine may be, if it cannot get to the person who needs the vaccine, it cannot work. Period. Herein rests the vital, yet under-recognized, importance of vaccine supply chains.

Before the March for Science on Saturday in Washington DC, the scientists and friends got creative. They bought posterboards, brainstormed and came up with some superb signs. (Okay, some printed out the standard signs but they were probably busy discovering something very…