The power of vaccines
Immunisation is the single most powerful medical tool for improving health. The introduction of WHO’s Expanded Programme on Immunisation in 1974 has already prevented tens of millions of unnecessary childhood deaths.
Modern immunisation programmes combine the products of sophisticated bioengineering with complex epidemiological surveillance and modelling to protect children and adults. Animal vaccines help increase farming efficiency and secure our food supply.
However, many significant diseases still have no effective vaccine to prevent them, and many life-saving vaccines unfortunately do not reach everyone who needs them. Our vision is a world in which all major infectious diseases and their sequelae are controlled by vaccination and there is equity for access.
The Vaccine Centre is a collaborative partnership of over 100 scientists hosted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine that aims to improve human and animal health through vaccination. Specifically we aim to:
- Develop new vaccines and evaluate their biological potential
- Test new vaccines for safety, immunogenicity and efficacy
- Evaluate and optimise vaccine programmes and policies