The right vaccine, in the right place, at the right time
PATH helps delivery systems become as innovative as the vaccines they support. Photo: M. Dorgabekova.
Over the past decades, the world has invested enormous resources and energy into the development of new and lifesaving vaccines. Current vaccination programs save millions of lives each year, and new, affordable vaccines for diseases affecting people in the world’s poorest countries can protect millions more.
But it’s not just about developing vaccines. It’s also about getting them to the right place, at the right time, in the right condition. And that requires transportation and storage systems—often called “supply chain” systems—that are as advanced and innovative as the vaccines they support.
To make this possible, PATH works with many different global, regional, and country-level partners to improve supply chain systems. We encourage technological and scientific advances—from more efficient packaging to equipment that regulates temperature more precisely—to help vaccines safely and efficiently reach those who need them. We research and document innovative approaches to common supply chain challenges and share the best ideas. And we use advocacy and education to build the global commitment and consensus to keep making improvements.
Strong systems urgently needed
No vaccine can save a child’s life if it’s lost, damaged in transport or storage, or too expensive to ship in the first place. That’s why strong supply chain systems are so urgently needed.
Many low-resource countries have relied on the same systems to store and transport vaccines for more than 30 years. Current systems are falling behind as public health programs work to accommodate twice the number of vaccines on the market and integrate a variety of other essential medicines within their supply chains. These and other challenges can delay new vaccine introductions, jeopardize product effectiveness, and reduce the availability of vaccines at the access points where immunization services are provided.
Supply systems for today and tomorrow
PATH is working to develop novel technologies and forward-thinking strategies that help public health programs safely and reliably manage an end-to-end supply chain—from the point of manufacture to the most remote access points where immunization services are provided.
Our goal is to ensure that lifesaving vaccines reach all children—quickly, efficiently, and in good condition—no matter where they live.