News from IVAC

July 2021

Johns Hopkins Launches ‘Vira’ Vax ChatBot

COVID-19 vaccination is lagging in young adults nationally. Vira, the Vax Chatbot is designed to support and meet young people where they are with simple answers to common COVID-19 vaccine questions. Vira is adaptive, learning by listening to your questions and feedback to help scientists respond to emerging questions. Vira was developed by the International […]

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June 2021

A roadmap to recovery

By: MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership/International Vaccine Access Center Originally published on Gavi.org Odontuya, a mother in Ulaanbaatar, recalls when her young daughter was hospitalised with pneumonia as one of her darkest days. Her daughter survived, and when Mongolia later introduced pneumococcal vaccines, Odontuya vaccinated her younger son to protect him against pneumococcus, which can […]

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May 2021

Watch Webinar: Addressing challenges in vaccination in fragile contexts

Description: With COVID-19 vaccines now available worldwide, reaching underserved and vulnerable populations is a priority under the Immunization Agenda 2030 (IA2030). Numerous challenges and operational issues have presented themselves in fragile contexts including vaccine access, risk of vaccine preventable diseases, and vaccine hesitancy. The IA2030 Strategic Priority 5 working group discussed vaccinating against COVID-19 in fragile contexts in coordination […]

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May 2021

Investments in Disease Surveillance Support Kenya’s Response to COVID-19

With the enormous strain COVID-19 is placing on health systems, disease surveillance has been challenging but ever more essential. Countries needed to continue monitoring for vaccine-preventable diseases while also launching new surveillance activities for COVID-19. Kenya, which has fortunately seen lower COVID-19 case counts to date than other African countries, got a running start on […]

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April 2021

Watch World Immunization Week 2021 Webinar

Immunization Agenda 2030: Equitable Health Access for All During World Immunization Week 2021, the International Vaccine Access Center, Shot@Life, and MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership co-hosted a panel event to highlight how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated global health inequities, and how the new Immunization Agenda 2030 Framework for Action charts a path […]

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March 2021

Improving the Health of Women and Children in India

A Director’s Message On New Year’s Day in 2021, approximately 68,000 babies were born across India. Their mothers would have traversed the arduous journey of pregnancy to reach the miraculous day of their birth. How many of these babies will be alive and thriving by the end of the year 2021? About five decades ago, […]

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