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Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective public health interventions for the prevention and control of many communicable diseases. Therefore, vaccine security and self-reliance are important issues for national security, as shortages and stock-outs of vaccines pose the risk of disease resurgence and outbreaks, making a country prone to large-scale epidemics. Thailand has been working to ensure availability, accessibility and utilization of quality vaccines by driving the ‘vaccine security agenda’ both nationally and regionally for years, through the ASEAN Vaccine Security and Self-Reliance (AVSSR) Initiative. This paper describes the progress and achievements of the quest towards vaccine security and self-reliance in Thailand and in ASEAN. The Initiative provides an effective platform to increase collaboration amongst nations in the region with an aim to ensure sustainable supply of quality vaccines and discusses the on-going challenges that need to be addressed.
Keywords: vaccine, vaccine security, Thailand
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