TO BE PUBLISHED March 2022
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This conference will examine next steps for vaccine rollout, research, and development.
Areas for discussion include:
- lessons that can be learned from the COVID-19 vaccination programme to inform the development of future vaccines and treatments
- delivering vaccination programmes at speed, the role of vaccines in responding to new variants, and applying lessons from previous vaccine programmes for effective delivery and uptake
- the role, development, and use of booster and second generation COVID-19 vaccines as a fourth wave of COVID-19 spreads through Europe and the new Omicron variant is identified
- harnessing innovation within vaccinology to boost research and improve outcomes - learning from:
- the rapid rollout of Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines during the pandemic
- research partnerships developed across the public and private sector as a response to the pandemic
- priorities for delivering an effective malaria vaccination programme - looking at:
- the utilisation of global networks and supply chains that have been put in place during the pandemic
- what has worked internationally and the lessons that can be taken forward
- the global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and ensuring new, innovative vaccines are accessible to all
There will also be an opportunity to assess priorities for action beyond COVID-19 - looking at what has been learned that can be applied more widely to progress on vaccines and considering key issues for policy, regulation, and industry action.
We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions on:
- Opportunities for taking forward recent achievements in vaccine research and development - with Dr Doug Brown, Chief Executive, British Society for Immunology
- Driving forward COVID-19 vaccine research and development - with Professor Andrew Ustianowski, National Clinical Lead, COVID Vaccine Research Programme, NIHR and Consultant and Research Lead in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, North Manchester General Hospital
- Priorities for delivering an effective malaria vaccination programme - with Professor Sir Brian Greenwood, Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
- Global rollout and accessibility of COVID-19 vaccines and other innovative developments - with Dr Alejandro Cravioto, Chair, Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation, WHO
The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the Department of Health, NI; the DHSC; the FCDO; the MHRA; The Scottish Government; the UK Health Security Agency; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords and POST.