The Outbreak Observatory is conducting a pilot observation in Taipei, Taiwan. We have coordinated with colleagues at the Taiwan CDC to observe their annual seasonal influenza mass vaccination campaign. This post covers events from Friday, October 13.

It's early-early, and Diane and I are at the airport waiting to board the first flight on our trip to Taipei, Taiwan. Okay, so it's not early-early anymore, but we've been awake for about 5 hours already and just now reached normal-early. Coffee is helping.

Anyway, we are both extremely excited for our trip. I was part of the team that the Center for Health Security (prior to transferring our affiliation to Johns Hopkins) sent to Taiwan in 2016 to conduct a Joint External Evaluation in support of Taiwan's efforts to meet their International Health Regulations (IHR) and Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) commitments. This will be my third trip to Taiwan, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing my friends and colleagues again! And to satisfying my dumpling cravings! This will be Diane's first trip to Taiwan, and she is excited to meet everyone in person (and to try the dumplings!).

Just a reminder: We are planning on keeping everyone updated on our adventures with posts here on our website as well as our Twitter (@Outbreaks101) and Instagram (@Outbreaks101) accounts. We are still coordinating the details with the Taiwan CDC, but we are hopeful that we will be able to provide some good insight into our meetings and observations during our trip.

We're boarding shortly, so we will check in with you once we are on the ground in Taiwan. If you need something to pass the time while we're in the air, please check out some of our #OutbreakThursday posts.