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Vaccines bring us closer

Invitation for online scientific roundtable


Within the frame of the World Immunization Week programs – as a tradition – the WHO Collaborating Centre at University of Pécs Medical School is organizing a scientific roundtable:

COVID pandemic: how to include the most vulnerable groups of people into the immunization programs?

The event will take place on MS TEAMS platform on                                                          

Monday, 26 April between 10 – 13 (CET)



10:00 Prof. Dr. Tamás Tényi, Vice-Dean of University of Pécs Medical School: Greetings

10:05 Prof. Dr. István Szilárd: Greetings on behalf of the World Health Organization Collaboration Centre at University of Pécs Medical School

10:10 Prof. Dr. Levente Emődy, chair of the event: Introductory notes

10:15 Dr. Ledia Lazeri (WHO): COVID-19 pandemic and WHO immunization programs

10:35 Dr. Davron Mukhmadiev (IFRC): Role and actions of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in Europe region on COVID-19 vaccination

10:55 Prof. Dr. István Kiss, Zsuzsanna Orsós (University of Pécs Medical School): Knowledge and attitudes of Roma people towards Covid-19 vaccination

11:15 Dr. Zoltán Katz, Dr. Erika Marek and Dr. István Szilárd (WCC at University of Pécs Medical School): Refugees and migrants’ access to vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic

11:35 – 12:15 Open discussion

12:15 Closing remarks


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WHO World Immunization Week 2020 in the shadow of the COVID-19 Pandemic



Dear Participants of our previous, traditional WHO Immunization Week round-tables,

Dear Colleagues, Dear Website Visitors


The current COVID-19 Pandemic underlines the high relevance of WHO traditional program, sentencing one week of each year for the importance of population level vaccination programs.  (I would recommend you to study the last paragraph, as a very relevant hypothesis of professor Ternák’s introductory article!)  That is why even among the current challenging conditions we would like to keep the traditions and aim to provide you a virtual way of information exchange. Pls. feel welcome to study the selected scientific reviews, focusing now on the current epidemiological situation.

We – as always – would also like to turn your attention on the most vulnerable people, and you are welcome to join to the ‘Leaving no one behind in the Covid-19 Pandemic: an urgent global call to action for inclusion of migrants & refugees in the Covid-19 response’ initiative.’ (See the paper below!)

If you would like to join with a relevant paper to the list below, you are most welcome!

We do believe that in April 2021 we will meet you in person again during the WHO Immunization Week round-table at University of Pécs.

Best regards,

Prof. Dr. Istvan Szilard and the WHO Collaborating Centre’s team at University of Pécs Medical School