International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations

Future potential of vaccines

New vaccines and vaccine technology are a constant source of hope.

Key facts about impact to date

  • 32m

    It’s estimated that vaccination could prevent 32 million deaths over the next 10 years [1].

  • 260

    There are 260 new vaccines being developed to protect against a number of diseases and pathogens which lack effective vaccines [2].

  • 100 days

    We’ve pledged to respond to future pandemic threats by developing new vaccines within 100 days following the identification of a new threat [3].

Vaccine innovation offers hope for the future

The biopharmaceutical industry is developing new vaccines to prevent diseases like HIV, RSV and Dengue. We’re making vaccines easier to transport, store, and administer. We’re also finding new ways to speed up production and make more vaccines when they are needed. Vaccines offer the chance to tackle global health threats, such as antimicrobial resistance. This is a constant source of hope for the future.

Developing and improving vaccines
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Developing and improving vaccines

There are hundreds of new vaccines being developed to protect against a number of diseases and pathogens which lack effective vaccines. The industry is also working to improve existing vaccines so that they work even better and protect for longer. Achieving new breakthroughs can take decades but we’re determined to help save lives and prevent hospitalizations.


RSV Prevention


Juliette explains how new innovations to protect young children against the respiratory virus RSV could help over 3 million children who are hospitalised due to this virus every year [4].

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Vaccines Research & Development


Jamila explains why, even though a vaccine for HIV continues to elude researchers, she’s confident new technologies and ongoing innovation mean it’s within reach.

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Tackling the world’s biggest health threats
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Tackling the world’s biggest health threats

Our world is facing major threats to public health. But vaccines can help us to overcome these challenges. By helping to prevent bacterial infections, vaccines can help to slow the development of drug-resistant superbugs. And as warmer temperatures due to climate change bring diseases to new regions, new vaccines could help to keep people safe from serious illness.


Research Team Leader


Anish explains how vaccines can help to protect modern medicine by helping to slow the spread of antimicrobial resistance and prevent life-threatening infections.

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Vaccine Clinical Development


Shibadas explains how climate change is putting more people around the world at risk of Dengue, and how new vaccines could help to protect them.

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Preparing for future outbreaks and pandemics
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Preparing for future outbreaks and pandemics

As the COVID-19 pandemic has shown, the better prepared we are, the faster we can respond when outbreaks happen. That’s why the biopharmaceutical industry is developing new vaccines for pathogens with pandemic potential, like influenza. And implementing new manufacturing approaches so we can speed up and scale up development when the next emergency strikes.


Vaccines Research


Ethan explains how innovation in vaccine technology could lead to next-generation flu vaccines that enable us to get ahead of this fast-mutating virus.

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Vaccines Manufacturing


Pierre-Damien explains how innovative new developments in vaccine manufacturing could make it easier to switch to producing new vaccines in response to future pandemics.

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Tomorrow’s vaccines rely on continued investment and dedication

The development of new and improved vaccines is made possible by dedication to science, ongoing innovation, and scientific ingenuity in universities, research institutions, biotechs and research-based biopharmaceutical companies around the world.

Sustained investment in vaccine innovation and continued collaboration with research and development partners helps protect us all against health threats. It also prevents the return of infectious diseases that we have mostly controlled or eliminated and it helps to ensure we are prepared when new threats happen.

This site is not intended to provide information on any specific vaccine. Queries related to your suitability for vaccination or questions about a specific vaccine should be directed to your medical professional or your local health authority.