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Blockchain: A New Backbone for the Vaccine Supply Chain

Roice Fulton of the Denominator Group in Switzerland will test the value of blockchain, which is a decentralized secure database, for stakeholders such as distributors and health workers to record and monitor the movement of a vaccine along a supply chain, to ensure the availability of sufficient levels of working vaccines. Following the route of a vaccine from the producer to the patient would ensure its safety and allow for better monitoring of stock and supply chain performance, which would improve vaccine availability and help identify ways to increase efficiency and lower costs. Blockchain is an efficient and secure way to share information. They will test their approach in Tanzania, which has a fairly robust supply chain, by tailoring blockchain to integrate with existing platforms, and evaluate its ability to reliably monitor vaccines.

More information about Health Systems Strengthening: Ensuring Effective Health Supply Chains (Round 19)

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