Influenza

Vaccines for pandemic influenza

Informal meeting of WHO, influenza vaccine manufacturers, national licensing agencies, and government representatives on influenza pandemic vaccines

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Department of Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response / Global Influenza Programme

Publication details

Number of pages: 21
Publication date: 2004
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/CDS/CSR/GIP/2004.3

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Overview

Since January 2004, outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza, caused by the H5N1 strain, have raised concern that the world may be moving towards another influenza pandemic. As part of its response to this concern, WHO hosted a high-level meeting, held in Geneva from 11 to 12 November, to explore ways to expedite the development of pandemic vaccines.

This report has two parts. The first, on conclusions, presents the main conclusions of the meeting, agreed on by consensus, followed by a summary of conclusions reached by the working groups. The second part, compiled by the WHO secretariat, summarizes points made during the various presentations and the issues raised during their subsequent discussion. This summary is included as background to the main conclusions.