Well I am back, at last, from my trip to the east coast of America. The purpose of this travel was to attend The BioProcess International Conference held in Providence, Rhode Island. Of particular relevance to my vaccination blog was the conference stream titled Rapid Vaccine Development and Production and in particular the Keynote presentation by Pierre Fournier, Ph.D. who is the Associate Vice President of Manufacturing Technology International for Sanofi Pasteur in France. The title of his presentation was, Global vaccine production challenges: Emerging immunotherapeutics, manufacturing flexibility and reducing COGS. It was very interesting to me that not only did Pierre speak of the standard hurdles facing biotherapeutics such as the long regulatory process and costs of clinical trials but he also touched on the effect of the internet, the publics view of the increased perceived risk of vaccination, as well as the anti-vaccination groups promoting the right of the individual to make their own decisions. I have touched on a couple these subjects already in my blog but will expand on these points and how as science communicators we can address these issues.
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