Emerging Technologies in Facilities of the Future
Vaccine Manufacturing Innovation
Awareness of the pharmaceutical industry has increased significantly in the last 15 months due to the global pandemic. Vaccine manufacturing is now in the spotlight more than ever before. The issues of production output, supply chain shortages, and cold chain distribution have been discussed in mainstream media and are now commonly understood. However, when COVID-19 took hold at the start of 2020, most countries were not prepared or knew how to respond. With a focus on protecting their citizens, strengthening their economies and returning life back to normal, governments were searching for solutions to a hugely complex global problem at breakneck speed.
Development of a suitable vaccine candidate was a widely discussed challenge, but it only represented half the story. How to manufacture and deliver a vaccine at scale and pace for the world was the less understood other half of the story. Even though multiple vaccines from a variety of different producers have been delivered to nations across the world, many issues are still impacting production outputs. Which is why the industry must learn the many lessons from this experience—including those related to vaccine facility design and delivery and operation—in order to be able to respond much more effectively to future pandemics.