News from IVAC

September 2022

Webinar: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – Reaching the Communities Left Furthest Behind

Register for webinar: https://bit.ly/oct-2022-webinar When: October 7th, 2022 at 8:30am-9:30am ET Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has affected countries and people in very different ways, making the SDG’s principle to Leave No One Behind particularly relevant as decision makers at all levels consider recovery plans to build back better from the lingering pandemic. Reaching zero-dose children […]

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August 2022

VIRA Partners to Launch a Competition and Chatbot

VIRA is a COVID-19 vaccine chatbot created by the Johns Hopkins International Vaccine Access Center and IBM to provide users with instant answers on vaccine questions 24/7. VIRA, which works in English and Spanish, understands users’ questions in natural language, and responds with facts and empathy. The VIRA project is excited to announce that it […]

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May 2022

Measuring equity in vaccination coverage beyond socioeconomic status: Launch of the VERSE Equity Toolkit

Originally published on ImmunizationEconomics.org (April 27, 2022) Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a new standardized toolkit to assess equity in vaccine coverage. The VERSE Equity Toolkit compares the level of vaccine coverage against the level of equity and quantifies the influence of key sociodemographic factors to inequity. The toolkit is accompanied by a […]

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April 2022

World Immunization Week 2022: Webinars

During World Immunization Week 2022 the International Vaccine Access Center, along with global immunization and indigenous health partners, will host a three webinars. Registration is free, and we encourage all to sign up and save these dates on their calendars. Enabling Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Indigenous Populations When: April 26, 2022 Watch: https://youtu.be/drk_qEDI2CQ […]

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April 2022

Webinar: The Human Cost of Pneumonia and the Power of the PCV

When: May 3, 2022 Watch: https://youtu.be/YJTx3MhM7yI Description: An expert panel discussed the importance of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV) and advocacy efforts to introduce PCV in countries that do not have PCV in their national schedules. This webinar featured speakers from countries in different stages of PCV introduction, highlighting the human impact of pneumonia and sharing […]

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March 2022

Webinar: Reaching Zero-dose Children and Supporting Immunization Equity in Humanitarian Contexts

Description: How do we restore and strengthen immunization to effectively reach populations in humanitarian settings? An estimated two-thirds of zero-dose children live in conflict-affected settings. More broadly, countries that are considered as fragile and conflict-affected states by the World Bank and IMF are home to nearly one billion people, nearly double the level 20 years ago. Research […]

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