Ranking Vaccines: A Prioritization Framework - Phase I: Demonstration of Concept and a Software Blueprint

As new vaccine development opportunities continue to arise, it can be difficult for decision-makers to know where to invest their limited resources. This report describes a decision-support model and the blueprint of accompanying software being developed to help prioritize vaccines, which is called Strategic Multi-Attribute Ranking Tool for Vaccines or SMART Vaccines. As the first phase of this project, this report offers a framework and proof-of-concept to account for various factors influencing vaccine prioritization—demographic, economic, health, scientific, business, programmatic, social, policy, and public concerns. SMART Vaccines 1.0 is expected to be released at the end of the second phase of this study, when it will be fully operational and capable of guiding discussions about prioritizing the development and introduction of new vaccines.

Author(s): Institute of Medicine

Published: 2012