At the same time that we build vital demand for families to vaccinate their children, we must also ensure that adequate supply is available for the families when they come. Vaccine availability depends on a multitude of factors, but a critical component is the supply chain and logistics systems that ensure vaccines (and related supplies) arrive safely when and where they are needed. So how does a manufactured vaccine arrive at a health facility in full potency?

This week, Erin Fry Sosne, a Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer at PATH, is taking over the @Vaccines channel to talk about the importance of careful planning by supply chain managers around the world to coordinate the necessary data, staff, vehicles, and equipment to make sure lifesaving vaccines reach every child.

Why this week? On Thursday, March 30th, the journal Vaccine will launch a special edition called “Building Next-Generation Immunization Supply Chains.” Compiled for the first time, the evidence in this special edition will highlight the need to prioritize innovation, investment, and support for strong supply chains from vaccine discovery through delivery. These 31 articles authored by 129 experts from 55 organizations in 17 countries around the world represent decades of immunization supply chain work from implementing partners, country governments, and donors.

Stay tuned to Erin on @Vaccines to read the journal and learn more about the importance of strengthening immunization supply chains around the world.