How Much Does it Cost to Get a Dose of Vaccine to the Service Delivery Location? Empirical Evidence from Vietnam's Expanded Program on Immunization

The authors of this article, published in Vaccine, present empirical estimates of vaccine supply chain costs for Vietnam's Expanded Program on Immunization for routine vaccines at each level of the supply chain, before and after the introduction of the pentavalent vaccine. They found that the storage function had a larger share of costs than the transportation function; cost per dose is lowest at upper levels of the system due to economies of scale; and capital costs for cold chain and labor are the main cost drivers. This study provides information that can be used by policymakers to understand the costs of operating a vaccine supply chain and to advocate for the efficient allocation of resources and targeted investments to maximize efficiency at all levels of the supply chain.

Author(s): Mvundura M, Kien VD, Nga NT, et al.

Published: 2013

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    Citation: Mvundura M, Kien VD, Nga NT, et al. How Much Does it Cost to Get a Dose of Vaccine to the Service Delivery Location? Empirical Evidence from Vietnam's Expanded Program on Immunization. Vaccine. 2013; Early online publication.