Animal diseases have significant impacts on societies in low-and-middle income countries (LMICs), through reduced animal health, impaired welfare, reduced livestock productivity and public health. Vaccines offer the most sustainable route to control and prevent many of the most devastating diseases of livestock. The Network provides the opportunity to establish multi-partnered, international collaborations that bring together the diverse skills that can accelerate the development of vaccines.
The International Veterinary Vaccinology Network offers a unique opportunity to establish a forum for specialists from the UK and LMICs to focus on establishing new collaborations between partners with complementary expertise to effectively address critical 'bottle-necks' in the development of veterinary vaccines for LMIC priority diseases. Many of these obstacles are relevant to human vaccinology and so much of the science conducted by the Network will have applications under the ‘one-health’ remit.
The activities of the Network will be achieved through:
- The International Veterinary Vaccinology Network will host annual scientific meetings that will consider overarching vaccine-related themes and allow formation of collaborations.
- Workshops will provide forums where smaller groups of scientists with particular interests can meet and explore avenues to surmount defined obstacles.
- The International Veterinary Vaccinology Network website and Twitter account will provide a central area for dissemination of information to members.
- A monthly newsletter containing the latest Network news, funding opportunities, events and articles of interest to members.
- Pump-priming proposals will be funded from collaborative teams of International Veterinary Vaccinology Network members that apply new approaches to resolving specified obstacles to vaccine development for LMIC-relevant veterinary pathogens.
- Laboratory exchanges will also be funded to enable a defined piece of work which will lead to longer-term relationships and/or transfer of scientific/ technological knowledge between laboratories of International Veterinary Vaccinology Network members.
The Network Management Team and Board will actively promote the International Veterinary Vaccinology Network by highlighting Network activities and successes to relevant funding bodies, academics and industrial partners. With increasing funding from multiple sources (e.g. the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK (RCUK)) being dedicated to meeting ODA requirements, the International Veterinary Vaccinology Network will be a strong proponent for securing resources for continuing investment in high-quality, veterinary vaccinology for LMIC-relevant diseases.