Main Operational Lessons Learnt from the WHO Pandemic Influenza A(H1N1) Vaccine Deployment Initiative
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World Health Organization
ISBN-13    9789241564342 ISBN-10    9241564342
Order Number    11500832 Format    Paper Back
Price    CHF    15.00 / US$    18.00 Developing countries:    CHF    15.00
English     2011        150   pages
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In April 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that outbreaks of a previously undetected influenza A(H1N1) virus in Mexico and the United States of America were related. In June of that year, WHO formally declared the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic and called for solidarity in enabling fair access to effective vaccines.

To reflect upon and learn from the WHO Pandemic Influenza A(H1N1) Vaccine Deployment experience, WHO invited more than 50 representatives of donor and recipient governments, international organizations and vaccine manufacturers to a meeting in order to provide an overview of the implementation of the WHO Deployment Initiative, review the issues and processes involved in pandemic vaccine deployment, and identify ways to improve similar future efforts, hold panel discussions with key donation-process stakeholders, namely donor governments and vaccine manufacturers, and discuss preliminary reports of deployment activities and operational lessons learnt in each of the six WHO regions.

During the course of the meeting, a number of proposed action points for improving vaccine deployment during a pandemic were documented and reviewed. A total of 49 proposed action points were discussed and analysed. The meeting participants then prioritized 12 of these proposed action points as having the greatest relevance to the effectiveness of similar deployment initiatives in the future.

This report provides an overview of the lessons learnt from this unprecedented international effort and a list of the priority action points, with the objective to strengthen similar efforts in the future.