Adult vaccination in Asia and the Pacific

Curatio International Foundation in partnership with Asian Development Bank publishes a report entitled “Adult vaccination in Asia and the Pacific- policies, financial needs, and fiscal impacts” Immunization is one of the most cost-effective tools for improving health and well-being. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic illustrated the importance of having a well-functioning vaccination deliverysystem that can deliver vaccines to all population groups. Adult immunization rates throughout the world, however, remain low due to gaps in immunization policy and implementation. This paper assessed the costs to 40 Asian Development Bank (ADB) developing member countries (DMCs) to implement adult vaccination programs recommended in national policy documents, including for COVID-19, over a 5-year period (2023–2027). Costs were calculated as the sum of estimates for vaccines, wastage rates, ancillary supplies, and health system expenses. The fiscal impact of the additional funding to provide full coverage of the adult immunizations was measured as a change in the general government expenditure and general government health expenditure. The magnitude of the fiscal pressure and cost drivers analyzed in this paper provides a basis for further discussions to inform the rethinking and reform of adult and COVID-19 immunization policies and financing in Asia and the Pacific.

For an in-depth understanding of the findings and proposed recommendations, readers are encouraged to explore the full report available here.

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