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It’s World Immunization Week, a week designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an opportunity to build awareness on the benefits and challenges of vaccination, celebrate progress in vaccination coverage and take a close look at the road ahead – including environmental impacts and the role of clean energy.

One of the greatest challenges in expanding HIV, tuberculosis and other vaccination campaigns is delivering the temperature sensitive vaccines to remote and resource-limited health facilities.  Two recent, but early developments in vaccination technology hold potential for eliminating vaccine’s dependence on the cold chain as well as the syringe.

A new study by the University of Florida suggests that a vaccination campaign could prove a valuable tool in quelling the spread of the disease.

Cold Chain and Refrigeration

Health facilities in developing countries need to maintain the cold chain to ensure that critical medicines, vaccines and supplies can reach those in need.