According to an estimate by the World Health Organization, up to 50 percent of vaccines are wasted every year.
One challenge when it comes to distributing the COVID-19 vaccine, is what supply chain experts call ‘the last mile.’
One expert explained, “The last mile is really the coordination that you actually need within the nation. So the vaccine manufacturers and distributors can get it into the nation, into the warehouses, but it’s up to the nation to get it from the warehouse into you or I.”
The national effort required in all countries around the world to get their populations inoculated is a large one. It requires infrastructure, equipment, information systems and getting people mobilized – from healthcare workers to delivery people and so on.
In addition to this, another important consideration is for anybody to receive a jab, it’s not just about the vial of vaccine, it’s also about the other tools and equipment that need to be present to inject it.