Trusted vaccine distribution enabled with blockchain

Ensure the trust of vaccines from inception to injection

Glass bottles in production in the tray of an automatic liquid dispenser, a line for filling medicines against bacteria and viruses, antibiotics and vaccines


How blockchain can help with vaccine distribution

News of the first successfully completed vaccine trials have the potential to bring relief to billions of people around the world. But as encouraging as these trials may be, it is extremely important to note that a vaccine cannot be as effective if it is not effectively distributed and trusted by the public.

As 77% of U.S. citizens are concerned about the safety and efficacy of vaccines¹, a whole-of-government approach is essential through the last mile to infuse speed, accountability, and transparency across the vaccine distribution system.

With a vaccine distribution network powered by IBM Blockchain, manufacturers can proactively monitor for adverse events and improve recall management. Distributers can gain real-time visibility and enhanced ability to respond to supply chain disruptions. Dispensers can improve inventory management and safety monitoring. Citizens can trust the vaccines and confidently return to society.


End-to-end traceability

Blockchain can provide real-time visibility of vaccine distribution and chain of custody from manufacturing to administration, eliminating blind spots across public and private entities.

Reduced risk

Preemptive detection and proactive notification of supply chain disruptions, adverse reactions, fraud, spoilage and other unexpected events help deliver the vaccines ready to go.

Safety and efficacy assurance

Environmental monitoring of transport and storage conditions, as well as rapid recall traceability will help ensure efficacy and build trust.


A permissioned, open source data exchange platform will unite diverse, localized vaccine management strategies into a single integrated view, while enabling participants to continue using their preferred systems of record and systems of interaction. IBM News Room: How blockchain will aid vaccine distribution

Use cases

Counterfeit prevention in pharmaceuticals

In some countries, counterfeit pharmaceuticals account for 70% of all drugs in the supply chain. A recent pilot by KPMG, Merck, Walmart and IBM is using blockchain to bring new trust into the system by reducing the time it takes to alert the supply chain of a product recall from a few days to a few seconds.

Blog: The FDA pilots blockchain for pharmaceutical supply
Verify health credentials with IBM Digital Health Pass

Built on IBM Blockchain technology, this solution is designed to enable organizations to verify health credentials in a privacy-preserving way — with individuals being able to manage their information through an encrypted digital wallet on their smartphone.

See IBM Digital Health Pass product information
Smarter vaccine management through data sharing

IBM and Moderna are working to explore blockchain, AI and hybrid cloud in order to help facilitate more effective management of COVID-19 vaccine supply chain and sharing of distribution data. Goals: improve public confidence in vaccine programs, boost vaccination rates and reduce the spread of infection.

Fighting disease by sharing data


Blockchain for supply chain

Resolve issues faster. Build trust and stronger relationships. Businesses like yours are strengthening supply chain networks with IBM Blockchain.

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Blockchain for healthcare and life sciences

Transform healthcare outcomes with the power of IBM Blockchain. Change the way your ecosystem ensures trust, data provenance and efficiency to improve patient care and profitability.

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Blockchain for government

Bring the power of IBM Blockchain to government agencies, so they’re better able to respond to new disruptions. Improve government business networks while enhancing trust and transparency.

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Trust Your Supplier

Use the power of blockchain to help you qualify and onboard new suppliers.

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IBM Verify Credentials

Learn how IBM is pioneering a decentralized approach to identity management.

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IBM Blockchain Transparent Supply

Build your own blockchain ecosystem and share data safely with trusted associates.

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Building trust in vaccines through IBM Blockchain and other technologies

Authenticating vaccines. Managing inventory with proven technologies. Restarting human interaction safely. Learn how IBM Blockchain, IBM supply chain solutions and IBM Watson Works are joining forces to help address the global pandemic.

"A vaccine cannot be effective if it is not effectively distributed and trusted by consumers."

— Jason Kelley, General Manager, Blockchain Services, IBM

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