On 10 May, public health officials from across the
Country representatives from ten countries defined the framework, mission, objectives and results of a proposed Pan American Vaccine Safety Network. Participants also determined the terms of reference of the Pan American Committee on Vaccine Safety (PACVS), a regional body of experts and institutions in vaccines that will provide evidence based recommen-dations and guidance to countries dealing with vaccine safety issues. Representatives also discussed how their nations deliv-er vaccines and the challenges of confronting rumours that can endanger immunization programmes. Proactive and honest communication was highlighted as critical measures in managing vaccine-related crisis.
A web-based platform titled e-SAVI was presented during the meeting. The platform allows reporting Events Supposedly Attributable to Vaccines and Immunization (ESAVI), storing and analyzing case information. The e-SAVI platform will be available without any cost to all the countries of the
In addition, representatives recommended preparing a five-year work plan on vaccine safety issues that provide a set of re-gional strategies and activities to strengthen vaccine safety monitoring as well as crisis prevention and management. This work plan will serve as a tool to effectively identify and mobilize financial resources, and will seek the endorsement of PA-HO’s
Published in Global Immunization Newsletter, May 2012.