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Published by:
Global Health Delivery Project (GHD) (2019)
September 2018
Revision date:
18 pages
Data source:
Field research
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This case describes the development and rollout of bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV), starting in 2007, to support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in eliminating poliovirus. After providing background on the global polio eradication program, the case explores the policy decisions behind the development of bOPV, progression through clinical trials, licensure, and distribution of the vaccine. In particular, the case examines the role of the World Health Organization (WHO) in accelerating the progression through these stages. The case study ends with Steve Cochi and Roland Sutter of WHO reflecting on the successes of bOPV and its impact on the eradication program at a global level. This case is part of the Global Health Delivery Project free case collection (visit www.thecasecentre.org/ghdfreecases for more information on the collection).

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Vaccine development; Global health; Public health; Polio; Supply chain management; Disease eradication; Public-private partnership; Health care delivery; Collaboration; Drug development; Pharma; Health care policy; Public administration; Regulation


The events covered by this item took place in 2007-2018.

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Company name:
World Health Organization
Government agency
Global health
Other keywords:
Multilateral agency; Public health

Featured protagonists

  • Roland Sutter (male), Coordinator of the Research and Product Development Team of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative at the World Health Organization
  • Steve Cochi (male), Chair of the Advisory Committee on Polio Eradication
  • Bruce Aylward (male)

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