Report 21 March 2019

Thought Leader Series on Vaccines


Vaccines are a key part of the ambition for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Immunization not only saves lives and improves health, it also unlocks the potential of the community. By combining efforts, national policymakers, the vaccines industry and wider global health and development community can enable national immunization systems to be strengthened, expanded and sustained. Without successful immunization programs, the benefits of vaccine innovation will not be fully realized. Every day, the leading global vaccines manufacturers are striving to achieve collective global health and development goals through research-led innovation.

In this Thought Leader Series on Vaccines, IFPMA invites key opinion leaders to advance thinking and ideas on key issues that can drive efforts to allow the “miracle” of life-saving vaccines to reach all.

Insights will be shared on different themes including:

  • Sustaining support for immunization
  • Towards life-course vaccination
  • Building vaccine confidence
  • Collaboration and partnership
  • Delivering the Addis Declaration

The first article of this series is titled We are at a critical moment to invest in immunization, authored by Kate Dodson, Vice President, Global health, UN Foundation. The full publication can be viewed here.

The second article is titled It’s time to rebuild public confidence in vaccines, authored by Heidi Larson, Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The full publication can be viewed here.

The third article is titled Life-course immunization: Building the consensus for adult vaccination, authored by Lois Privor-Dumm, Director, Policy, Advocacy & Communications, the International Vaccine Access Center, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The full publication can be viewed here.

The fourth article is titled The Next Frontier: Delivering immunization across Africa, authored by Dr. Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, Former Director, Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, WHO, and Dr. Richard Mihigo, Immunization and Vaccines, Development Program Coordinator, WHO AFRO. The full publication can be viewed here.

The fifth article is titled How partnerships across sectors can reinvigorate the vaccine pipeline, authored by Dr. Charlie Weller, Head of Vaccines Programme, Wellcome Trust. The full publication can be viewed here.

Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author(s) and does not reflect the official opinion of IFPMA or its members.