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World Immunisation Week 2022

The speed with which vaccines against COVID-19 were developed, tested, and approved was truly breath taking and an example of what can be achieved with funding, urgency, and all hands-on deck. So, why are we still waiting for so many live-saving vaccines for major infectious diseases?

Our daily webinars during this year’s World Immunisation Week will hear from experts in the field who will share their perspectives on vaccine developments and implementation challenges in key infectious diseases yet to be controlled/contained/eliminated by effective vaccine.
World Immunisation Programme 2022

Day 1 of World Immunisation Week 2022 is on Monday 25 April. We will start off the programme by asking the question: Where are the vaccines for Malaria? The webinar, chaired by Dr Kevin Tetteh from LSHTM, will include a presentation by Professor Faith Osier from International AIDS Vaccine Initiative on the developments in malaria vaccines from a general and historical perspective. We will then be joined by Professor Alassane Dicko from the University of Science, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako, Mali, who will present the Phase IV implementation studies for the RTS,S vaccine.  

Day 2 of World Immunisation Week, Tuesday April 26, will focus on meningitis and the ongoing vaccine-related research in this space. The webinar will be chaired by Dr Nicholas Davies from LSHTM with presentations from Dr Ed Clarke from the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM and Dr Caroline Trotter from the University of Cambridge. We will hear about an ongoing trial in The Gambia as well as an update on the roadmap and where it fits within the plan to eliminate meningitis by 2030.  

On day 3, Wednesday 27 April, we will concentrate on Tuberculosis, focusing on vaccine development, progress, equity and clinical trials. The webinar, chaired by Dr Toyin Togun from LSHTM, will include a presentation by Dr Jayne Sutherland from LSHTM on TB vaccine development and Professor Richard White from LSHTM on the contribution of TB vaccines to global TB control. 

Day 4 of World Immunisation Week, Thursday 28 April, will focus on HIV vaccine development. Dr Tracey Chantler from LSHTM will chair the session and will be joined by Tomas Hanke from the Oxford University, who will present on the pathway to HIV vaccine development using insights from the GREAT consortium to discuss HIV vaccine candidate advancements. This will be followed by a Q+A with between the chair and three colleagues of the GREAT Consortium.

On day 5, Friday 29 April, we will explore the topic of delivering life-saving vaccines in conflict situations, using a case study from Afghanistan. The session, chaired by Dr Palwasha Anwari from LSHTM, will include presentations from experts in the field. We will hear how immunisation programs are run in Afghanistan and the challenges toward the program implementation in the context of security and ongoing conflict, as well as discussing the way forward to reach each child with life-saving vaccines against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Recordings

Did you miss the live events? Please see recordings of the sessions here

Day 1- Malaria: Where are the vaccines? Dr Kevin Tetteh, Professor Faith Osier and Professor Alassane Dicko

Day 2- Defeating Meningitis by 2030: the essential role of vaccines in the WHO roadmap. Dr Nicholas Davies, Dr Ed Clarke and Dr Caroline Trotter

Day 3- Where are the vaccines that are better than the BCG? Dr Toyin Togun, Dr Jayne Sutherland and Professor Richard White

Day 4- The chequered pathway to HIV vaccine development. Dr Tracey Chantler, Professor Tomas Hanke, Dr Vincent Muturi-Kioi, Dr William Killembe and Dr Walter Jaoko 

Day 5- Delivering life-saving vaccines in conflict situations – a case study from Afghanistan. Dr Palwasha Anwari, Dr Dagastir Nazary, Dr Najibullah Safi and Ms Veronique Maeva Fages

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