Vaccination is one of the most important cost-effective public health interventions, with a traditional focus on children, is both underutilized and undervalued.  While there is a solid understanding of the current global policy environment regarding the health, and social and economic benefits of vaccines there are serious inequities within and across countries related to optimal use of vaccines throughout each stage of life.

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally shifted the global awareness of the devastating impact of vaccine-preventable diseases.  The Vaccines4Life Summit provides a critical point of connection to be informed, to share learnings and to be part of a multisectoral force to take collective action toward integrating effective immunization policies within primary and long-term care settings, aligned with the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing 2021-2030 and the WHO Immunization Agenda 2030: A Global Strategy To Leave No One Behind.

When: Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Where:  Virtual
                   In-person at The Hilton Niagara Falls Hotel
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Registration fee:  In-person: $100 USD*
                                        Virtual: $70
*Delegates that register to attend the in-person conference will get a discount rate of  30% to attend the pre-conference event

About the Summit:
The V4L Summit is a virtual and in-person global stage for knowledge exchange and mobilization founded upon 3 critical pillars of life course immunization strategies to leave no one behind: prevention, access and equity.  Explore the intersection of the fields of immunization, ageing, public health, health policy, health economics, government, journalism, digital marketing and communications alongside decision-makers, global thought leaders and frontline healthcare professionals in this premier full-day pre-conference event.


  • To mobilize knowledge from leading global experts on the importance of prioritizing prevention, ensuring access for all, and reducing inequity in the context of adult vaccination
  • To empower delegates from across sectors and disciplines with the information and tools needed to improve vaccination uptake rates across the life course in this pandemic era
  • To inspire urgent action to improve adult vaccination, through strategic communications, building the business case, and promoting the important role of pharmacists, patient advocacy groups and health care professionals in ensuring access to vaccination for all

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Carlos Franco-Paredes, M.D., directs the Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he also is an associate professor. He has been a medical expert in several Covid-19-related lawsuits, including ones brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center; and inspected correctional facilities across the United States in collaboration with civil rights and immigration attorneys and advocacy groups.

As an activist working with Colorado re-entry organizations, he promotes health care and health-care equity for formerly incarcerated individuals. A former consultant to the World Health Organization, Franco-Paredes helped develop influenza pandemic preparedness guidelines from 2006 to 2010. The most recent of his 230 published, research articles on infectious diseases, pandemics and have been on the impact of Covid-19 on minorities, persons in correctional facilities and persons in immigration detention centers. 

Franco-Paredes has been providing direct care to patients with Covid-19 in the medical wards and intensive care units at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Center. He earned a master of public health degree in global health from Emory University.

Radu Ganescu is the president of the Coalition of Patient Organizations with Chronic Diseases Romania since 2013. He is a patient with major thalassemia and is the founder and president of the Association of Patients with Major Thalassemia in Romania since 2005.  

He is a supporter of developing patient associations and patients’ rights.  Since 2015 he is part of the board of the European Patient Forum, and in 2018 he was elected vice president of this organization.

Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

Hacettepe University Vaccine Institute, Department of Immunization Policies, Ankara, Turkey

She graduated from Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine in 2000 and finished her residency training in internal medicine in 2005 in the same university. She has been serving as the consultant of the Acute Care Unit for several years, mainly admitting patients from the emergency department with acute decompensation of chronic diseases; lower respiratory tract infections, organ failure and acute, undiagnosed conditions.

Dr. Durusu Tanriover worked as the Co-Chief of Hacettepe University Oncology Hospital and the Quality Coordinator of Hacettepe University Hospitals, a Joint Commission International accredited, 1200-bed academic medical center between 2016-2020. Her research area mainly consists of adult vaccination, quality improvement, patient safety and chronic disease management. She has been involved in the Global Influenza Hospital Surveillance Network project as an investigator and site coordinator since 2012 and participated as a subinvestigator in the phase 3 clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines available in Turkey. She is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed articles.

Representing the Turkish Society of Internal Medicine, she is a member of the National Adult Immunization Guideline Task Force and Medical Specialty Council Curriculum Preparation Task Force. She is the founder and the first chair of the Young Internists Working Group and honorary fellow of the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM). She is a member of the Quality and Professional Issues and the Adult Vaccination (ADVICE) Working Groups of EFIM. Dr. Durusu Tanriover is currently the Secretary of the Middle East, Eurasia and Africa Influenza Stakeholders Network.

Gary Finnegan is Editor of Vaccines Today. He has a degree in physiology, an MSc in science communications and has worked as a health journalist and editor for 15 years.

He was a national winner at the EU Health Prize for Journalists in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Gary plans and prepares content for Vaccines Today with the support of an editorial board.

Vaccine Safety for Older Adults | 60 Second Fact Check Videos’ Campaign

The rise of mass communication and risk of misinformation on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines is a key factor influencing the suboptimal rates of adult vaccination.  It is vital for civil society to have equitable access to sources of accurate information based on the best science.

Building awareness, knowledge and translating this into improved messaging on vaccine safety requires collaboration among physicians, public health officials, governments, and civil society to ensure older persons, especially those with complex health needs, make an informed decision about vaccination and their health and wellbeing.

IFAs ‘Vaccine Safety for Older Adults | 60 Second Fact Check Videos’ campaign aims to increase awareness of the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, reduce vaccine hesitancy, improve equity, and build trust within some of the most at risk populations.   

Public health experts, thought leaders and global influencers within the field of adult immunization and ageing share their perspective in order to strengthen and expand accurate, reliable and meaningful information on the proven success of vaccines that protect older persons and those with chronic conditions against life altering diseases.  

For information about the Conference, click here.