Coordinated international efforts to expand access to human vaccines yielded vast gains in global health. Parallel efforts in animal vaccination could yield similarly vast benefits, increasing food security and reducing risks to human health, from evolution of antibiotic resistance to pandemic emergence. The area remains largely unexplored and researchers working with Ramanan Laxminarayan, Jes Metcalf, Bryan Grenfell and Simon Levin have been exploring ways to better map, assess and quantify the benefits of vaccines in terms of other potential to reduce the risk of pandemics and use of antibiotics in animals, which leads to antimicrobial resistance in humans. As part of a larger effort to build momentum on research and grant applications in this area, we propose to convene a two day conference at Princeton to bring together internal and external stakeholders and experts to discuss a research roadmap in this area. The researchers we will convene work across the spectrum from veterinary science to public health to evaluate the potential and prospects of larger international investment in animal vaccines. The effort is consistent with a Global Seminar being taught this summer by Laxminarayan on “Food, Climate and Health”.
More information forthcoming.