THE JOURNEY OF VACCINES: THE LAST MILE IS THE LONGEST

Introduction

Immunization through administration of vaccines has been a major breakthrough in modern medicine. Its cost-effective and proven efficiency has reduced the mortality and morbidity of many infectious diseases (1). Although sanitary conditions have improved considerably over the past decades around the world, leading to a significant reduction in infectious disease related global health issues, it is estimated that preventive immunization still prevents about 2-3 million deaths each year globally (1). However, the efficiency of vaccination depends on the quality of the supply chain and logistics to store and transport the vaccines from the moment they are manufactured to the moment they are administered to the patient (2-3).


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