At the initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO), a three-day seminar on “Adverse events after immunization: modern approaches in epidemiological surveillance and assessment of causality” was organized in Baku on October 11-13, 2023.
The workshop was held with the aim of having a significant impact on improving vaccine safety, strengthening internal capacity and ensuring effective communication regarding serious adverse events following immunization
In addition to Oleg Benes and Yuriys Perevozchikovs, representatives of the European Office of the WHO, as well as other experts of the USA, Georgia and the European Office of the WHO also participated in the event. Khalisa Akbarova and Rafiga Ibrahimova, experts of the Pharmacovigilance Department, represented Analytical Expertise Center of the Ministry of Health at the Seminar. About 40 specialists from healthcare institutions participated in the seminar.
The high-level seminar included presentations in Azerbaijani, Russian and English on topics such as “Strengthening vaccine safety monitoring: WHO Vaccine Safety Plan 2.0 and the 2030 immunization program”, “Tools to facilitate data transfer and access to a global database WHO vaccine safety data: VigiMobile, VigiFlow; VigiLyze, VigiBase”, “Regulatory framework for monitoring vaccine safety. WHO Global Benchmark Tool (GBT), MedDRA Dictionary for Coding and Analysis of Safety Data, Causality Assessment of Adverse Reactions, Communicating the Safety Risks and Benefits of Vaccines to the Public, etc.
On the last day of the seminar, a plan for further action was prepared and the seminar materials were presented to the participants.