The GVIRF 2021 will be a virtual forum and will be held on February 22-25, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm Central European Time (CET). GVIRF is the central forum for research related to the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) and its successor, the Immunization Agenda 2030 (IA2030).
The GVIRF is a unique Forum in the field of vaccines & immunization. It is the central discussion platform of all research aspects related to the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), which was developed in the context of the Decade of Vaccines Collaboration and endorsed by the 2012 World Health Assembly. The GVIRF is co-hosted by WHO, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gathering leading experts from public health, academia, government, civil society and private sector, the forum is held every second year.
GVIRF is the only global meeting that brings together the entire Vaccine and Immunization Research community, from basic immunology to implementation research, and from low to high-income countries.
- Track progress in vaccine research and development;
- Identify gaps, opportunities and actions to maximize the benefit of immunization;
- Foster networking and collaboration to accelerate progress;
- Support implementation of Immunization Agenda 2030.
GVIRF 2021 will be:
- Influential: Featuring high-level keynotes and speakers from the forefront of immunization research;
- Timely: Reviewing progress in vaccines for COVID-19;
- Balanced: Discussing COVID-19 in context of overall immunization and relationship with other diseases;
- Equity-oriented: Aiming to foster global participation and address global needs.
As endorsed by the Decade of Vaccines Collaboration Leadership Council and the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE), research reporting for the GVAP is conducted every two years by the GVIRF with emphasis on:
- Expanding capabilities of engagement with end-users;
- Enabling development of new vaccines;
- Accelerating development, licensing and update of vaccines; and
- Improving programme efficiencies and increasing coverage.
GVIRF is hosted every two years by World Health Organization, the US National Institutes of Health, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.