Early in 2021, Ready2Respond conducted an extensive mapping of the current landscape of organizations and agencies working on global seasonal and pandemic vaccine preparedness. Performed during the COVID-19 vaccination deployment efforts, this research identifies key areas which may have contributed to low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) not prioritizing seasonal influenza vaccination, or utilizing influenza vaccination programming as a blueprint for pandemic vaccine deployment preparedness despite a sustained WHO recommendation. This report provides recommendations for shoring up readiness to future respiratory pandemics, while elevating influenza preparedness as a public health priority in LMICs.
- The case for investing in influenza vaccination programming is unclear at the country level.
- Despite positive outcomes regarding new vaccine technologies, COVID-19 revealed significant gaps in vaccine programming which in turn has driven access and deployment inequities across geographies.
- Seasonal influenza as a blueprint for pandemic preparedness is not clearly understood and has been challenged by COVID-19.