20 million children are under vaccinated and at risk of being infected by vaccine-preventable diseases
Vaccine-preventable diseases kill 1.5M children per year and leave millions more impaired.
Avoidable illnesses are wiping out generation after generation because providing access to vaccines in certain parts of the world is proving incredibly difficult.
Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in the development and distribution of life-changing
vaccines. Yet the Last Mile–the final distance between major distribution centers and the most vulnerable areas– remains out of reach.
The mission of Vaccine: Not Impossible (VNI) is to develop, pilot, and implement creative solutions that alleviate issues related to Last Mile logistics and that aid in delivering vaccines to the millions who are left isolated from conventional efforts.
VNI is made Not Impossible through a grant from Pfizer Vaccines, whose mission is to protect lives with innovative vaccines to fight serious disease worldwide. Recognizing that sometimes achieving that mission can be difficult because people live in hard to reach places, Pfizer Vaccines is supporting Not Impossible in exploring innovative ways of delivering vaccines to those in the "last mile."
We send a whole year’s worth of vaccines, going to wherever the cold chain facility is...That’s where my job technically ends, but I’m here because I don’t think my job really ends there.
President, Pfizer Vaccines
VNI is working with additional partners on developing and prototyping solutions, including SaraConnects and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
As part of the Capstone Design Course, graduating seniors from Georgia Tech's George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) are working in multidisciplinary teams on VNI’s two proposed solutions. On April 24th, students will showcase their efforts at the institute-wide Capstone Design Expo.