For our first pilot Observation, Outbreak Observatory has collaborated with the Taiwan CDC to arrange a visit to Taipei during their annual seasonal influenza mass vaccination campaign. We will be observing vaccination operations and meeting with national- and local-level health officials to discuss the challenges and successes they have experienced over the course of this program with the goal of sharing these lessons and best practices with the broader public health and preparedness community.
We're heading back to Baltimore today. We had an amazing week in Taiwan, and we are looking forward to our conducting our analysis and sharing Taiwan's experience with others.
Today concludes our visit to Taiwan CDC to learn about their national seasonal influenza vaccination campaign. Our next steps are to complete a thorough analysis of our observations and share Taiwan's lessons learned so that others can benefit from their expertise and experience.
Taiwan CDC has multiple mechanisms in place to prevent, detect, and respond to rare adverse events that are potentially related to influenza vaccinations.
Today we visited a local high school to observe school-based mass vaccination. Extensive coordination between national and local health and education authorities, participating schools, and public and private sector hospitals and clinics is critical to successfully implementing school-based vaccination.
Taiwan CDC coordinates the distribution of seasonal influenza vaccines throughout the country. Local health bureaus are responsible for reporting to Taiwan CDC the vaccine demand in their respective jurisdictions for each delivery, and the vaccine manufacturers transport the vaccines to the local health bureaus as directed by Taiwan CDC.
Today we met with Taiwan CDC staff from the Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infectious Diseases to learn about the history, operations, and impact of Taiwan's seasonal flu mass vaccination program.
We made it to Taiwan safely! We have an amazing schedule this week, and we are excited to get started tomorrow.
Outbreak Observatory is on their way to the first pilot Observation in Taipei, Taiwan. We're hopping on the plane, but we'll check in again once we're on the ground in Taiwan.
Outbreak Observatory's first pilot observation will be in Taiwan for their annual seasonal flu mass vaccination campaign.