2021 Annual Scientific Meeting

The 2021 Immunisation Coalition's Annual Scientific Meeting was held virtually, focusing on COVID-19 as well as updates on influenza and pneumococcal disease

Immunisation Coalition

The 2021 ASM was held virtually and continued with the tradition of a Sunday evening session and Monday sessions.

While historically the ASM has been dedicated to influenza, a significant portion of this year’s meeting was dedicated to COVID-19. Topics include the emergence and evolution of SARS-CoV-2, healthcare worker infections and immunity to COVID-19, and looked at responses around the world, including the Australian response. There were also updates on influenza and pneumococcal disease.

See the speaker bios here

Recordings and PDFs for presentations from this event are available for viewing below. PDFs of some presentations are also available.

Session 1 (Sunday): Initial emergence and spread of COVID

Presenter: Professor Benjamin Cowling

Session 1 (Sunday): Responses from around the world

Presenter: Mary-Louise McLaws

Session 1 (Sunday): Australian Response

Presenter: Allen Cheng

Session 1 (Sunday): Question & Answer Panel

Session 2 (Sunday): COVID vaccine overview

Presenter: Paul Griffin

Session 2 (Sunday): Treatment overview

Presenter: Steve Tong

Session 2 (Sunday): Question & Answer

Session 3 (Monday): The role digital technology played in the COVID-19 pandemic

Presenter: Rhema Vaithianathan

Session 3 (Monday): Modelling to support decision making in uncertain times

Presenter: Jodie McVernon

Session 3 (Monday): Defining risk groups

Presenter: Kirsty Short

Session 3 (Monday): Question & Answer

Session 4 (Monday): Aged care – the weakest link?

Presenter: Michael Murray

Session 4 (Monday): Immunity to COVID-19

Presenter: Katherine Kedzierska

Session 4 (Monday): COVID-19 in children – curiouser and curiouser

Presenter: David Burgner

Session 4 (Monday): Question & Answer

Session 5 (Monday): Challenges facing distribution of COVID vaccines

Presenter: Paul Effler

Session 5 (Monday): Healthcare worker infections

Presenter: Lou Irving

Session 5 (Monday): Diagnostic tests

Presenter: Deborah Williamson

Session 5 (Monday): Question & Answer

Session 6 (Monday): Differences in COVID & influenza

Presenter: Bill Rawlinson

Session 6 (Monday): Flu epidemiology

Presenter: Ian Barr

Session 6 (Monday): New vaccines – Cell based vs egg based

Presenter: Gary Grohmann

Session 6 (Monday): Pneumococcal disease – Changes to NIP, COVID-19

Presenter: Tony Korman

Session 6 (Monday): Question & Answer

Page Published: 10 February 2021 | Page Updated: 16 June 2021