How Might COVID-19 Affect the Cost of Providing Immunization?
The Learning Network for Countries in Transition (LNCT) is a country-driven network dedicated to peer learning to support countries as they transition away from Gavi support to full domestic financing of their national immunization programs. In many LNCT and other low- and middle- income countries, immunization service provision has been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The risk to health workers and communities must be minimized in order to continue and restore services, and implementing protective and preventive measures will have cost implications.
ThinkWell and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have developed estimates for the cost of immunization campaigns and routine immunization delivered at facilities and through outreach in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The results have been gaining traction with key decision makers in this area, and the teams presented these during a webinar facilitated by LNCT. If you missed it, you can watch the presentation’s recording below or here. The full campaign analysis report can be found here. The other analyses will also be published online soon.