Potential use of microarray patches for vaccine delivery in low- and middle- income countries.


Initiative for Vaccine Research, World Health Organization, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland. Electronic address: [Email]


Microarray patches (MAPs), also referred to as microneedle patches, are a novel methodology that have the potential to overcome barriers to vaccine delivery in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), and transform the way that vaccines are delivered within immunization programs. The World Health Organization's Initiative for Vaccine Research and its partners are working to understand how MAPs could ease vaccine delivery and increase equitable access to vaccines in LMICs. Global stakeholders have been engaged to evaluate technical, economic, and programmatic challenges; to validate assumptions where possible; and to propose areas of focus to facilitate future vaccine-MAP product development. This report summarizes those learnings.


Delivery,Microarray patches,Microneedle patches,Product development,Vaccine,

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