New GAVI Safety Policy
June Board meeting of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization
(GAVI) highlighted the importance of improving immunization safety.
A new policy was
adopted to support immunization systems in their transition to auto-disable
(AD) syringes for all routine immunizations. Partners also committed
to supporting countries to improve the safety of the disposal of
medical waste resulting from immunization programs and to invest
in the research and development of new, environmentally friendly
and cost effective technologies.
Starting this autumn, countries eligible for the
Vaccine Fund will be able to apply for a three-year supply of AD
syringes for all EPI vaccines. Further details on how the application
process will work will be made available in mid-August, coinciding
with the distribution of the revised Guidelines on Country Proposals
for Support to Immunization Services and New and Under-used Vaccines.
policy adopted by the GAVI Board