Sixth GAVI Board Meeting, 17 October 2001, Ottawa, Canada
adoption of vaccine vial monitors (VVMs) is a high priority among the
GAVI partners; UNICEF and WHO have already signed on to a policy
calling for VVMs on all EPI vaccines.
concept of using VVMs on all EPI vaccines, supported by the public
sector, is to provide the health worker at the peripheral level a
standard tool with which to assess vaccine viability, thereby
enhancing quality control.
indicated that it is working closely with UNICEF and vaccine
manufacturers to resolve outstanding technical issues on VVMs and that
it will be calling a technical meeting for all interested parties in
order to review VVM implementation.
members from the vaccine industry urged the GAVI Board to not adopt a
global mandate regarding VVMs, recommending instead that each vaccine
be addressed individually taking into account the supply challenges
due to having only one VVM supplier and the relative stability of the
requested that a realistic and yet urgent timeline be developed for
the adoption of vaccine vial monitors eventually for all EPI vaccines.