How to make national vaccination calendar advanced?

On the second day of the Gaidar Forum 2019, experts raised the question of how to improve the national vaccination schedule.

The discussion was moderated by Alexander Plakida, Alliance Consulting managing partner. Mikhail Murashko, Head of the Federal Service for Health Supervision (Roszdravnadzor), Sergei Kraevoi, Deputy Minister of Healthcare of the Russian Federation, Sergei Tsyb, First Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Guillaume Oshalter, General Manager of Sanofi Pasteur in Russia and Belarus, Ayrat Farrakhov, deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Khristenko, President of Nanolek LLC, Anton Katlinsky, Advisor to the General Director of Natsimbio JSC, Leila Namazova-Baranova, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, took part in the discussion.

Sergei Kraevoi began to discuss the issue. He stressed that preventive vaccination is the most important factor for the population health improvement. Other participants of the discussion agreed with this statement. The Deputy Minister of Healthcare also focused on the national and biological security of the state. He spoke about the criteria necessary for the inclusion of a vaccine in the national calendar: epidemic, social and economic significance, availability of and easy access to efficient and high-quality drugs. In order to choose the necessary drug, we have to study its efficiency, safety, economic profitability, and the criterion of evidence-based medicine. But the main factor is the existence of industrial production of immunobiological preparations in the country.

In addition, Sergei Kraevoi shared his plans to improve the national calendar. In the near future, the national calendar is expected to expand, including such diseases as chicken pox and rotavirus infection. The plans also include hemophilic vaccination for all children and the expansion of indications for pneumococcal vaccine in older age.

Anton Katlinsky stressed that planning in matters of vaccination is extremely important. It is necessary to calculate in advance the demand for the necessary preparations in order to ensure their timely delivery in quantities greater than the required.

The next speaker, Patrick Bergstedt, recalled that the development of vaccination and its research is a very long process that can last up to 20 years. The speaker also noted that today people are still wondering about the need and safety of vaccinations. He suggested using digital technology to raise citizen awareness on this issue. For example, now that everyone has phones, you can create an electronic vaccination calendar that will make people more responsible in matters of their health.

Leila Namazova-Baranova developed the theme of using digital technologies and suggested developing a vaccination passport in the personal section on the government services portal.

Sergei Tsyb drew attention to the fact that in recent years, progress has been made in the field of health care. 49 vaccination projects were supported, new vaccines were created and developed, six clinical trials were conducted, and seven transfers were organized with international organizations.

Ayrat Farrakhov summed up the meeting and formulated key aspects. He stressed that today there is a consensus among experts in the field for further action. According to Ayrat Farrakhov, to improve legislation on preventive immunization, it is worth considering the possibility of accessing reports from independent organizations. The speaker also suggested paying attention to the issue of income inequality in the regions of Russia and, as a result, the inequality of opportunities for citizens to receive the necessary vaccine.

Valeria Savenkova, RANEPA

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The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA);
The Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy (Gaidar Institute);
The Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR).

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