Networking & Advocacy Activities 2021
Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) meeting March, Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva, Switzerland, 22 to 24 March 2021
The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) meeting was organised by WHO from 22-24 March 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was organized as a virtual event. Around 150 participants attended the meeting online.
SAGE advises WHO on overall global policies and strategies, ranging from vaccine research and development, to delivery of immunisation services and linking immunisation with other health interventions. SAGE usually meets twice a year and reports directly to the Director-General of WHO.
Sessions included: Global and Regional Reports, Ebola vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines, Polio, Vaccine acceptance and uptake, Measles and Rubella. The emphasis of the meeting was on COVID-19 vaccination and post-introduction considerations, including COVID-19 variants, early learnings from COVID-19 vaccination and COVID-19 vaccine safety.
SAGE is an excellent opportunity for NESI to gain insights in the rationale supporting WHO’s recommendations on vaccines and immunisation. These evidence-based arguments can immediately be incorporated in NESI’s education and training activities enriching discussions with the most up-to-date information, especially relevant for vaccinology courses and workshops focusing on new vaccine introduction.
Online Seminar on COVID-19 vaccine acceptance in Indonesia
Indonesia, 10 July 2021
On 10 July 2021, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia organised an online seminar in collaboration with NESI to present the findings of our joint COVID-19 vaccine acceptance research studies that were conducted among University students and Lecturers as well as Healthcare workers in four different provinces of Indonesia. The Keynote speech in the seminar was delivered by Ir. Budi Gunadi Sadikin, honorable Health Minister of Indonesia. An update on the current COVID-19 vaccination programme in Indonesia was provided by Dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi, Spokesperson for COVID-19 vaccination National programme and Director for Prevention and Control of Direct Communicable Diseases, Indonesian Ministry of Health.
It was an excellent discussion session on COVID-19 vaccine and vaccination with distinguished speakers and panelists. Our findings highlighted the importance of education, awareness and trust on COVID-19 vaccine, vaccination and health systems delivering the immunisation services, and we hope that it will assist the Ministry of Health to develop evidence-based strategies to increase confidence towards COVID-19 vaccines and fight misinformation circulating around COVID-19. One of the main messages that was delivered during the seminar was “the best vaccine is the one that gets in your arm”. Over 210 participants from different universities and teaching hospitals attended the seminar.