Although mix-ups appear to be rare, these errors in vaccine administration can have serious consequences to patients, including lack of proper protection from a disease, the need to revaccinate, diminished trust in vaccines, and increased healthcare costs.
In the U.S. and around the world, quality standards developed by the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) support the availability of safe, quality medicines, regulatory efficiencies, and a strong global medicine supply chain.
The challenges posed by COVID-19 transcend international borders and require global solutions. This includes addressing the potential for substandard and falsified (SSF) COVID-19 vaccines, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. At the U.S.
USP’s COVID-19 Vaccine Handling Toolkit is designed to help address the challenges nurses and other healthcare providers face every day in preparing, distributing and administering essential vaccines.
Access to quality raw materials and increased stakeholder collaboration are needed to help ensure availability of monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatments for COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
USP’s recently released COVID-19 Vaccine Handling Toolkit is helping to fill critical operational efficiency gaps that practice settings have identified in vaccine administration.
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges around the world, including to national public health systems and the international biopharmaceutical industry.