Global Vaccine Safety

Global Vaccine Safety Initiative in planning phase

The Global Vaccine Safety Initiative (GVSI) is a global effort to enhance capacity for vaccine pharmacovigilance. Initiated in February 2012, the GVSI has been established to implement the Global Vaccine Safety Blueprint. The Blueprint’s strategic goals are threefold:

  • supporting all countries in reaching at least minimal capacity for vaccine safety activities;
  • enhancing capacity for vaccine safety assessment in countries that introduce newly available vaccines and countries that manufacture and use prequalified vaccines;
  • supporting countries through international collaboration, training and information exchange.

The Blueprint vision and strategic goals were endorsed by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization in November 2011. The Blueprint has been identified as the strategy for ensuring vaccine safety in the Global Vaccine Action Plan of the Decade of Vaccines.

A planning group of international experts is advising WHO’s secretariat in identifying and prioritizing GVSI activities into an initial workplan. The workplan covers the eight strategic objectives of the Blueprint. Progress on Blueprint objectives will be updated on this web site as GVSI implementation progresses. All stakeholders in vaccine safety are invited to collaborate in the GVSI according to their areas of expertise and respective interests. The first meeting of the GVSI is tentatively scheduled for 22-23 November 2012 at a location to be determined shortly.