On May 13, 2016, technical staff from PAHO met with members of the TAG for an ad-hoc virtual meeting. The discussion during this meeting included three topics: the global shortage of IPV, use of the dengue vaccine in routine immunization and the feasibility of eliminating perinatal Hepatitis B in the Region of the Americas. Dr. Cuauhtemoc Ruiz Matus welcomed the TAG members and attending staff and gave the word to TAG chair Dr. Peter Figueroa.

On May 13, 2016, technical staff from PAHO met with members of the TAG for an ad-hoc virtual meeting. The discussion during this meeting included three topics: the global shortage of IPV, use of the dengue vaccine in routine immunization and the feasibility of eliminating perinatal Hepatitis B in the Region of the Americas. Dr. Cuauhtemoc Ruiz Matus welcomed the TAG members and attending staff and gave the word to TAG chair Dr. Peter Figueroa. Dr. Figueroa expressed that the global IPV shortage was the main reason behind calling the meeting, as it is an urgent matter that should be effectively addressed in the Region. A brief update on the current status of yellow fever globally and in the Region was also given at the meeting, as well as an update on the Terms of Reference for TAG members.

Although virtual technical meetings had been successfully conducted in the past, this was the first time that a virtual TAG meeting was held. TAG members acknowledged the versatility of this type of TAG session. Virtual ad-hoc TAG meetings will be conducted in the future, especially if another urgent matter for discussion becomes known.

Please find the Final Report here:  pdf 24 TAG - Final Report, 2016