Global bacterial vaccinology network to hold virtual conference

Hundreds of scientists, industry figures and policy makers around the world are set to gather this week at the BactiVac Online Virtual Network Conference 2021.

Based at the University of Birmingham in the UK and with more than a thousand members worldwide, BactiVac is the only global bacterial vaccinology network. It brings together members to advance vaccines against bacterial pathogens, advocates for the vaccines and offers funding opportunities for training and research. The aim is to streamline and speed up the production of much-needed bacterial vaccines of global health significance.

The Conference will focus on a theme of the role of bacterial vaccines at a time of a global pandemic, and will include talks from high profile spokespeople including Professor Dame Sally Davies , UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance, who will discuss the role of vaccines in combatting antimicrobial resistance.

Also among the speakers will be Dr Ole F. Olesen , Executive Director of the European Vaccine Initiative in Germany, who will talk about the funding and development of bacterial vaccines in Europe, while Dr Xin Tong, Director of Research Development at Walvax Biotec in China will discuss bacteria vaccine development in China.

BactiVac Director Professor Cal MacLennan said: “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines are right at the top of the global agenda. BactiVac serves as a voice for the global development of bacterial vaccines, particularly for low and middle-income countries. With increasing levels of anti-microbial resistance, these vaccines are needed now more than ever.’

BactiVac Co-Director Adam Cunningham said: “Our value lies in fostering and supporting links between scientists and specialists from academia and industry, accelerating the vaccine pipeline and helping protect us from the devastating impact of disease caused by bacterial pathogens.’

The BactiVac Online Virtual Network Conference 2021 will take place on April 27 and 28. Registration for the conference is now closed.

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