Global Vaccine Safety initiative activities portfolio
The Global Vaccine Safety Initiative (GVSI) is the implementation mechanism for the global vaccine safety Blueprint (the Blueprint). The GVSI is a forum administered by WHO which provides its secretariat. In this regard, GVSI is not a separate legal entity. The Blueprint is the strategic framework reference document endorsed by WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunization and is regarded as the vaccine safety strategy of the Global Vaccine Action Plan. The purpose of the Blueprint is to optimize the safety of vaccines through effective use of vaccine pharmacovigilance principles and methods.
The GVSI Planning Group (PG) provides overall direction for the Initiative. It is composed of the designated representatives of the GVSI and WHO is an ex-officio member. At present, GVSI Participants come from Brighton Collaboration Foundation, Switzerland; University of Ghana; Ministry of Health Sri Lanka; International Vaccine Institute, Korea; Ministry of Health, Brazil; Uppsala Monitoring Centre, Sweden
One of the tasks of the GVSI PG is to maintain a portfolio of activities to enhance vaccine pharmacovigilance capabilities in low- and middle-income countries. The GVSI portfolio is a dynamic listing of activities identified as priorities for implementing the Blueprint.
Each activities in the portfolio the PG has prioritized based on the following:
- Expected impact.
- Level of impact (global or national).
- Change of current practice.
- Anticipated exploitation.
- Valuable stand alone or enabling.
Based on the above, the PG recommends funding for portfolio activities as follows:
- Priority 1- Key activity for which funding is immediately needed.
- Priority 2: Important activity for which funding is recommended.
- Priority 3: Desirable activity that should be part of a full GSVI work plan.
Activities proposed in the portfolio reflect the work of their initiators, managers and donors regardless of the source of funding. They do not reflect WHO activities but have been identified by WHO as valuable contributions towards the shared goal of implementing the Blueprint. In this regard, WHO is not responsible nor accountable for activities implemented by individual GVSI Participants.