Spotlight on the role of influenza prevention in global health security strategies

SINGAPORE, June 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Ready2Respond, a coalition of more than 60 public, private and nonprofit organizations, will sponsor an on-site workshop, “(How) Can We Elevate Influenza Preparedness in the Global Health Security Arena?” on Thursday June 30 at the 2022 Global Health Security Conference taking place this week in Singapore.

Discussion topics for the workshop will include: lessons learned from COVID-19 and influenza pandemics and how these learnings can inform strategies to help low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) achieve equitable access and reliable to vaccines; the role and importance of collaborations between governments and the private sector in financing adult immunization systems in LMICs; and more.

M/s. Jane HaltonAO PSM, CEPI Board Chair, former Australian Health Secretary and former Australian Finance Secretary, will be the moderator.

“Influenza has been a serious public health risk in all parts of the world for many years and experts predict the risk is here to stay,” said Dr. Marie Mazur, director of Ready2Respond. “Indeed, influenza cases are now on the rise in the Southern Hemisphere. Raising awareness of the far-reaching impacts of this dangerous trend is critically important given the possibility that a new respiratory virus pandemic could re-emerge. This goal is particularly important in low- and middle-income countries where a reliable and systematic approach to influenza prevention for adults and children has not yet been established Workshop participants will offer valuable insights and insights that are sure to help solve this important global health security issue.

“Increasingly, local and regional health crises around the world are influenced by a range of interrelated forces,” Ms Halton said. “Massive investments in clinical research and development over the past few years have advanced valuable new vaccines and technologies for use in the management of pandemics such as COVID-19. But low- and middle-income countries still face huge challenges in accessing these vaccines. must change. The public and private sectors play a key role here. For the health and well-being of all, we must continue to partner in building the framework, infrastructure and systems that will ensure these countries have rapid and unhindered access to vaccines in the event of a new pandemic. . All of this requires sustained long-term funding, which must be prioritized today. There’s no time to lose.

Participants in the Global Health Security Conference Ready2Respond workshop will include:

M/s. Jane HaltonAO PSM, Chairman of the Board of CEPI, former Australian Secretary of Health and former Australian Secretary of Finance;

Mr. Thomas CueniCEO of IFPMA (International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations);

dr. Gagandeep (Cherry) KangProfessor of Microbiology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India;

dr. Larry KerrAssistant Vice President, Global Health and Multilateral Affairs, PhRMA;

dr. Vernon LeeDeputy Director of Communicable Diseases at the Singapore Ministry of Health, Head of the Singapore Armed Forces Biodefense Centre, Singapore;

dr. Marie MazurDirector, Ready2Respond.

About Ready2Respond

Ready2Respond is a group of more than 60 philanthropic, industry and nongovernmental organizations and national governments committed to improving global health and health security through broader and more effective seasonal influenza vaccination programs around the world. Ready2Respond works to strengthen the evidence base and programmatic support for immunization programs, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Ready2Respond further promotes the value of immunization programs not only in reducing the annual burden of influenza, but also in responding and preparing for epidemics and pandemics such as COVID-19. Ready2Respond is an initiative hosted by the Task Force for Global Health. For more information, visit

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