About three thousand scientists from 130 countries gathered in an International Online Forum organized by WHO to identify priority research areas in the field of vaccines against COVID-19.
The meeting discussed the safety and effectiveness of existing vaccines, ways to improve supply, and the need for additional safety research.
“The first few vaccines’ approval does not mean that the work is finished. There are a number of other vaccines being under development which should be evaluated,” declared WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The experts accepted the need for important research on the use of vaccines in different relevant populations, as well as vaccination schedules.
The participants also agreed to create a WHO-based platform for the global exchange of information on the effectiveness and safety of vaccines.
It should be noted that more than 30 million doses of vaccines have already been used in 47 countries.
“In these difficult times, the spirit of cooperation must prevail. We need to promote investment in the strengthening of regional capacity to establish constructive cooperation for the solution of certain problems,” noted the Director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. John Nkengasong.
WHO will continue to regularly convene experts from around the world to encourage collaborative research, develop and provide platforms for sharing the latest knowledge in vaccines and vaccination.