WHAT: “Call for Update on the expression of interest to: Contribute to the establishment of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub”;
WHEN: 9 June 2021 - 9:00 a.m. (EDT)
TARGET AUDIENCE: Relevant national authorities (Health, Science and Technology, Industry) as well as the industry representatives in the Region of the Americas.
The objective of the meeting is to disseminate the World Health Organization’s ”“Call for expression of interest to: Contribute to the establishment of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub”. To provide information on the timeline and participation requirements, as well as the considerations that will be taken into account for the selection of candidates.
9:00 - 9:05 Welcome Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, Assistant Director, Pan American Health Organization
9:05 - 9:10 Initiatives to improve access How can manufacturing expansion contribute? Dr. Mariangela Simão, Assistant Director-General, Access to Medicines and Health Products, World Health Organization
9:10 - 9:15 WHO perspective/COVAX new pillar Dr. Soumya Swaminathan Chief Scientist, World Health Organization
9:15 - 9:30 Call for expressions of interest to contribute to the Establishment of a COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Technology Transfer center, general information, and updates. Dr. Martin Friede, Coordinator, Initiative for Vaccine Research (IVR) Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (IVB), World Health Organization
9:30 - 9:35 Access considerations Dr. Analía Porrás, Unit Chief, Medicines and Health Technologies, Pan American Health Organization
9:35 - 9:45 Summary of current and potential demand for COVID-19 vaccines in the Americas Mr. John Fitzsimmons, Chief, Revolving Fund Special Program for Access to Vaccines, Pan American Health Organization
9:45 - 10:20 Questions and Answers Moderator - Dr. James Fitzgerald, Director, Department of Health Systems and Services, Pan American Health Organization
10:20 - 10:30 Closing remarks Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, Assistant Director, Pan American Health Organization