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Argentina-UK joint high-level webinar: Access to Covid-19 Vaccines: vaccine profiles, distribution challenges, and countering vaccine hesitancy and disinformation

Monday 14 December 2020 (13:00 Buenos Aires / 16:00 London)

Due to an unprecedented global effort, a growing number of Covid-19 vaccines are nearing potential approval in the coming months. Early 2021 could see a mass roll-out of vaccines across the Latin American and Caribbean region. The speed of vaccine development, and the challenges of operating during an active pandemic, have left countries with little time to plan for effective delivery and distribution. Building on previous events, this webinar aims to accelerate this preparation through providing an open forum for discussions of the specificities of vaccines that could be available in the coming months; the challenges associated with delivery and distribution; best practice planning and infrastructure development; and, countering disinformation that could limit public uptake of available vaccines.


The event will be hosted by Argentine Minister of Health, Dr. Ginés González García, alongside the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Minister of State, Wendy Morton MP. It will convene a range of experts, including PAHO, Gavi – The Vaccines Alliance, CEPI, The Caribbean Health Agency, the WHO, and the Vaccine Confidence Project, along with commercial entities involved in the manufacturing of vaccines and their distribution.


16:00-16:30 GMT
13:00-13:30 UTC-3

Ministerial Introductions and opening remarks


Moderator: Mark Kent CMG, British Ambassador to the Argentine Republic


Wendy Morton MP

FCDO Minister for European Neighbourhood and the Americas

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Dr. Ginés González García

The Ministry of Health of Argentina

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Dr Seth Berkley

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

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16:30-17:10 GMT
13:30-14:10 UTC-3

Panel 1 - Deep dive into different vaccine profiles and associated logistical challenges 


Moderator: Professor Carole Mundell - Chief Scientific Adviser, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office



Jakob Cramer

Head of Clinical Development

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Jose Luis Pieroni

Partner and CEO
RUBICON (Nibacor S.A.)

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Antonia Williams

Covid Vaccine Deployment at Department of Health and Social Care

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17:10-18:00 GMT
14:10-15:00 UTC-3

Panel 2 - Advancing country plans, investment in human and physical infrastructure


Moderator: Dr. Enrique Pérez-Gutiérrez. Acting Representative of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in Argentina


Dr. Cuauhtémoc Ruiz Matus

Chief of Immunization Program

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Dr. Juan Manuel Castelli

National Director of Communicable Disease Control
Ministry of Health of the Argentine Nation

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Gerson Bermont Galavis

Director of Promotion and Prevention
Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Colombia

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18:00-19:00 GMT
15:00-16:00 UTC-3

Panel 3 - Countering vaccine hesitancy & disinformation


Moderator: Carla Vizzotti, Secretary of Access to Health, The Ministry of Health of Argentina


Heidi J. Larson

Professor of Anthropology
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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Ashley Winter

Head of Strategic Communications at the Cabinet Office

Dr Joy St. John

Executive Director
Caribbean Public Health Agency

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Guadalupe Nogués

Molecular Biologist

19:00-19:10 GMT
16:00-16:10 UTC-3


Wrap-up and next steps  

Carla Vizzotti

Secretary of Access to Health
Argentina Health Ministry

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