Vaccine surveillance systems explained – new podcast episode

Signal detection / 25 August 2022

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Ever wondered how safety surveillance differs between vaccines and drugs? Find out in the latest episode of the Drug Safety Matters podcast.


Public trust in vaccines hinges on their safety – but to make sure vaccines are safe, we must have systems in place to detect and manage any side effects.

Dr Madhava Ram Balakrishnan, medical officer for vaccine safety at the World Health Organization, discusses how to build an effective vaccine surveillance system and how to respond to safety crises when they occur.

Dr Madhava Ram Balakrishnan. Photo: UMC

Dr Madhava Ram Balakrishnan. Photo: UMC

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