Within PHIRI, the Population Health Information Research Infrastructure, a Rapid Exchange Forum (REF) on COVID-19 developments is organized every two weeks. In this one hour meeting, the participants belonging to European public health institutes, Ministries of Health, research institutions and universities as well as EU-level stakeholders answer questions and discuss experiences from their own countries related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each meeting is organized around a topic or set of topics of timely relevance to the participating countries, and answers to the questions are shared during the meeting as well as in writing immediately before or after the meetings. This allows a rapid exchange of information across countries to learn from each other’s challenges and best practices, and compare e.g. vaccination-, testing-, and communication strategies, reaction to new variants, mortality indicators, long-term pandemic monitoring and surveillance, and beginning impact evaluations of the pandemic. The answers to questions discussed during the REF meetings are uploaded to the Health Information Portal at the latest by the end of the week in which each meeting takes place.
|26th Rapid Exchange Forum: Omicron variant||
OMICRON - SARS CoV 2 B.1.1.529 variant of concern
|25th Rapid Exchange Forum: COVID-19 vaccinations for children||
Covid-19 vaccinations for children
In the light of the recent EMA decision:
|24th Rapid Exchange Forum: False certificates||
1. Fake certificates
2. Brief report on updated Nonpharmaceutical Interventions / Measures
|23rd Rapid Exchange Forum: Health workforce health||
Health of healthcare workers (HCW)
|22nd Rapid Exchange Forum: Tourism and testing||
Tourism - Payment policy / testing policy
1. Who is or should be paying COVID-19-tests for tourists in your country?
2. Does your country have a specific testing strategy for tourism in place?
|21st Rapid Exchange Forum: Vaccine certificates||
Verification of vaccine certificates in your country
Is your country automatically accepting all vaccine certificates you accept for entry into the country for domestic use, too? (e.g. entry to restaurants etc.)
|20th Rapid Exchange Forum: Hospitalizations||
Hospitalizations of vaccinated/unvaccinated persons
|19th Rapid Exchange Forum: Vaccine hesitancy||
Understanding and addressing vaccine hesitancy
|18th Rapid Exchange Forum: School start||
School starts in autumn. With regard to delta, recommendations for adolescents to get vaccinated, progress of vaccination, etc.:
1. Are you preparing/discussing specific measures/strategies for the start of schools in autumn (Y/N) ?
2. Which measures are in place / planned for schools in your country / region?
|17th Rapid Exchange Forum: Delta variant||
Has your country implemented new/adapted measures specifically to address the threat posed by the spread of the Delta variant? (Or are such measures planned?)