Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

WHO/IVB/12.05

WHO consultation on oral cholera vaccine (OCV) stockpile strategic framework: potential objectives and possible policy options

The WHO Initiative for Vaccine Research organized a meeting jointly with the WHO Global Task Force on Cholera Control to examine the feasibility of a global stockpile for OCVs. Having major stakeholders agree to the objectives and scope of an OCV stockpile is a critical first step towards its establishment. The objectives of this meeting were therefore to (1) Review and discuss potential objectives of an OCV reserve and stockpile and to explore questions related to the motivation for creating a stockpile; (2) Provide a landscape of the cholera vaccines currently available and those in the pipeline cholera vaccines; (3) Discuss key concepts and issues policymakers must address prior to actual development of an OCV reserve and stockpile.

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