First landscape analysis of vaccine company action on access

The 2017 Access to Vaccines Index maps how vaccine companies are responding to global calls to improve vaccine coverage, including reaching poor and remote communities. The Index was published on 6 March 2017.

What we measure

The 2017 Access to Vaccines Index evaluates how 8 major vaccine companies are improving access to preventive vaccines for 69 priority diseases – including HIV/AIDS, Ebola and Zika – in 107 high-need countries. Find out more about the scope of the Index research.

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How we measure

The 2017 Access to Vaccines Index used the first metrics for mapping how vaccine developers and manufacturers are addressing access to vaccines. There are 13 metrics and three Research Areas: Research & Development, Pricing & Registration, and Manufacturing & Supply.

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The research process

In 2016, the Foundation’s researchers measured vaccine company behaviour using a rigorous process of data-collection, verification, scoring and analysis in preparation for publishing the 2017 Access to Vaccines Index. Find out more about what this process involves.

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How we work with experts

The Access to Vaccines Index methodology was developed in 2015 and reflects what stakeholders expect from vaccine developers and manufacturers when it comes to access to vaccines. Find out more about how the methodology was developed.

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The context

The discovery of vaccines has played a central role in some of the most significant achievements in global public health. Vaccination protects children from disease, giving them the opportunity to thrive and realise their full potential. It has had an unparalleled impact on the reduction of childhood mortality.

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"There have been massive improvements in global health in the past decades, with all major pharmaceutical companies taking action. To close the gaps that remain, a greater diversity of companies must get involved and stay engaged."

Jayasree K. Iyer

Executive Director Access to Medicine Foundation

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View our detailed overview of each company’s performance in the Index