Accelerating Evidence-based Action for Every Family Everywhere LAUNCH: WHO’s Full Value of Vaccines Assessment Report

Wednesday 3rd November from 2 pm (free to attend virtually online)
, Time Zone London, UK (GMT)

Hosted by The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Worldwide over 20 million pregnant women are estimated to be affected by Group B Streptococcal infection. To date, most focus has been on infections in children, yet there are many additional consequences for women themselves, including stillbirths, preterm birth and long-term impacts for affected survivors. The WHO-led Value Case Proposition includes years of work by many teams from all over the world on new data, analysis regarding long-term health and economic consequences of GBS disease, and estimated costs/benefits of vaccination or other prevention approaches. The report findings will be relevant for families, policymakers, clinicians, scientists, & industry. There will be a particular spotlight on meningitis and this Report is linked to the WHO Global Roadmap to Defeat Meningitis by 2030.

Full agenda below.

Time WHO Webstream
1:30 pm
1:35 pm

Launch of WHO Full Value of Vaccines Assessment Report

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus - Director-General of the World Health Organization
1:40 pm
1:50 pm
2:00 pm

GBS burden through lifecycle & around the world (talk)

With Prof Joy Lawn, Director of the MARCH Centre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2:20 pm

The Economic Case for a GBS Vaccine (talk)

Prof Mark Jit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2:35 pm

Q&A from audience

Dr Philipp Lambach (WHO), Prof Joy Lawn, (LSHTM), Prof Mark Jit (LSHTM)
2:50 pm
2:55 pm
3:00 pm


3:30 pm

PLENARY 2 – Implications of the evidence

Welcome back with Dr Kim Eva Dickson (UNICEF)
3:35 pm

Keynote: Vaccines & equity: the value case for GBS maternal vaccines

Dr Kate O’Brien, Director of the Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biological (WHO)
4:10 pm

Panel Discussion

Pfizer, Dr Martina Baye (Government of Cameroon), Dr Marta Tufet, Head of Policy (GAVI), Dr Kim Eva Dickson (UNICEF), Dr Ajoke Sobanjo – Ter Meulen (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
4:40 pm

Implications for action from launch convenors

Dr Marie-Pierre Preziosi (WHO), Vinny Smith (CEO of Meningitis Research Foundation), Prof Beate Kampmann, Director of The Vaccine Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
4:55 pm
5:00 pm

Close of Day