UK-Spain Covid19 Vaccines Roundtable


20 November 2020


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Research collaborations and international co-operation is essential for progress towards the development of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.

Commitment to support the scientific community working on COVID-19 vaccines research, as well as international co-operation for development are essential in the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers from British and Spanish organisations are leading the way in the development of COVID-19 vaccines, and the governments of both countries are fully committed to international co-operation in this arena.

The British Embassy in Madrid and the Consulate General in Barcelona (UK Department of International Trade and the UK Science & Innovation Network) would like to invite you to this bilateral session, which will bring together key actors to discuss the current and future challenges, and identify areas for  further collaboration.

The programme will kick off with keynote speeches from the UK Vaccines Taskforce and AEMPS (Spanish Government Agency of Medicines and Medical Devices). This will be followed by two roundtable discussions on ‘COVID-19 Vaccines Research Development’ and ‘The Importance of Collaboration and International Co-operation for Successful COVID-19 Vaccines’, with representatives from GAVI (the global Vaccines Alliance) and Astrazeneca, amongst others.

We welcome your input to the session and invite you to send us questions for us to ask our speakers in the session.

We would also like to offer setting up one to one virtual meetings with the UK speakers and our UK contacts in the COVID-19 Vaccines arena - please get in touch with us to discuss: aurora.ortega@fco.gov.uk


Date: 20th November

Time: 09:30 -11:15 (Spain) - 08:30 -10:15  (UK)

Please note that this event will be in English and that it will take place via Microsoft TEAMS - a link will be send to you in advance of the event once you have registered.



Registration Deadline: 19th November 2020

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Friday, 20 November 2020
9:30 am - 9:35 amWelcome - British Ambassador to Spain, Hugh Elliott
9:35 am - 9:45 amOverview vaccines development in the UK and British commitment to combat the COVID-19 virus: UK Vaccines Taskforce, International Director, Tim Colley
9:45 am - 9:55 amOverview vaccines development in Spain and Spanish commitment to combat the COVID-19 virus : AEMPS (Spanish Government Agency of Medicines and Medical Devices), Director, Maria Jesus Lamas Diaz
9:55 am - 10:05 amModerator introductions : NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) - Divya Chadha Manek
10:05 am - 10:35 amRoundtable 1 - COVID-19 Vaccines Research Development: Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol - Dr Pere Cardona, Imperial College London- Dr Katrina Pollock and CSIC (Spanish National Research Council )- Dra Margarita del Val Latorre
10:35 am - 11:05 amRoundtable 2 - Importance of collaboration and International Co-operation for successful COVID-19 Vaccines: Astrazeneca - Luis Cordero- Government Affairs & Market Access Head-AZ Foundation VP, GAVI-Aurélia Nguyen - Managing Director, Office of the COVAX facility, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
11:05 am - 11:15 amClosing remarks
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We have gathered together some of the most highly respected professionals in the industry to discuss COVID-19 vaccines in today's environment.

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