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Starting shot for vaccines

Early lessons from the ups and downs of COVID-19 immunisation roll-out(s)

Webinar I 20 April 2021 I 16:00 - 17:00 CET

Eagerly anticipated throughout 2020, COVID-19 vaccines are finally here. At the same time, their roll-out is posing substantial challenges across the EU and beyond, and as the number of available vaccines has grown, so has the number and prevalence of new emerging strains of the virus. Building up a broad and diverse portfolio of vaccines to meet the needs of all communities in Europe, as well as uniting across sectors and borders in the vaccination effort, has never been more important.

This first webinar in a series of digital round-tables organised by EHFG and Valneva under the heading ‘United immunising against COVID-19’ will focus particularly on the experiences of scientists, policymakers and industry, as we look back at successes and roadblocks experienced in acquiring and administering the first COVID-19 vaccines, as well as forward, armed with the lessons learned. Join us for this and upcoming events in the series to discuss a sustainable vision for the future of COVID-19 vaccinations!

If you have any questions for the speakers, ask them during the event via the webinar Q&A function, or email us now at - or tweet @GasteinForum with #UnitedImmunising.


Start: 20 April 2021
End: 20 April 2021
European Health Forum Gastein

Online event


John Ryan

Director Public Health
DG SANTE, European Commission
John Ryan
  • John Ryan

    John F. Ryan is Director of the Commission Public Health directorate since September 2016.

    Previously, in the same department, he was the Head of Unit responsible for a number of public health policy areas (cancer, drugs, promotion, monitoring, infectious diseases).

    He was a Commission representative on the Board of the EU Lisbon Drugs Agency, and is currently the Commission representative on the Board of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

    He also had the charge of dealing with tobacco control issues.
     Current priorities include the development of an EU cancer plan, antimicrobial resistance, vaccination policies, and the negotiation of financial instruments to support health, including research.

    He has previously worked on the completion of the internal market, and on international trade negotiations. He is also an official of the Irish civil service (on leave). He is a fellow of the UK faculty of public health.

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Thomas Steffen

State Secretary
German Federal Ministry of Health
Thomas Steffen
  • Thomas Steffen

    In May 2019, Dr. Thomas Steffen was appointed as State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health, Germany by Jens Spahn, Federal Minister of Health, Germany.

    Since 2012 Dr. Steffen served as State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance working with Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, responsible for international policy and macroeconomic affairs, financial market policy and European policy. Prior to that, he, among other positions, was the Chief Executive Officer of the Insurance and Pension Funds Supervision and Member of the Executive Board of the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin).

    Dr. Steffen studied law and politics at the University of Mainz and the University of Burgundy, Dijon, France.

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Beate Kampmann

Director of The Vaccine Centre
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Beate Kampmann
  • Beate Kampmann

    Professor Beate Kampmann joined the LSHTM from Imperial College London in May 2018 and is the Director of The Vaccine Centre @ LSHTM. She trained as a clinician-scientist in Paediatric Infectious Diseases in Germany, UK, France, USA and South Africa. 

    Beate holds a Chair in Paediatric Infection & Immunity and was appointed as the Scientific Director (Theme Leader) for Vaccinology research at the MRC Unit The Gambia in July 2010. She directs a comprehensive childhood infection and immunity research program both in the UK and sub-saharan Africa. Over the last few years she has conducted a number of studies in both UK and West Africa investigating the scientific and implementation challenges of maternal immunization. She is the director of IMPRINT- the IMmunising PRegnant women and INfants network, one of the 5 MRC-funded networks for vaccines.

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Juan Carlos Jaramillo

Chief Medical Officer
Juan Carlos Jaramillo
  • Juan Carlos Jaramillo

    Senior international positions in various Pharmaceutical/ Biotech organizations, including GlaxoSmithKline, Celsion, Grünenthal and Daiichi Sankyo, strong expertise in Medical Affairs and Clinical Development, as well as Global Market Access, 20 years of experience in life sciences.

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Odile Launay

Clinical Investigation Center in Vaccinology Cochin Pasteur
Odile Launay
  • Odile Launay

    Odile Launay is Professor of Infectious diseases at the University of Paris. She is the Director of the Clinical Investigation Center in Vaccinology (CIC Cochin Pasteur), the only French clinical investigation center dedicated to vaccinal research based in Paris, since it is creation in 2005 and Coordinator of the French Innovative Clinical Network in Vaccinology (I-REIVAC) in the FCrin Program. She is member of the board of the College of Teacher of Infectious Disease (CMIT).

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Moderation: Sue Saville

Sue Saville Media
Moderation: Sue Saville
  • Moderation: Sue Saville

    Sue Saville is a highly-experienced broadcast news journalist & conference host; she was the Medical Correspondent at ITV News for 12 years, after being Chief Correspondent at GMTV, & now chairs conferences, awards nights, medical symposia & webinars, as well as running bespoke Media Training and Crisis Communications courses, freelancing as a Reporter for ITV News and making corporate films. Sue started her career as a BBC News Trainee, with roles in regional and national TV newsrooms, including BBC Breakfast News. She worked in radio and television in Hong Kong after graduating with an MA from Oxford University and a Postgraduate Diploma from Cardiff University. Sue speaks French and German.

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