The Community Liaison Committee is an example of best practices for containment facilities worldwide. Comprised of community leaders, the committee’s role is to provide information to the public regarding safety and security at the International Vaccine Centre (InterVac). The committee helps create and maintain an atmosphere of trust, confidence, and transparency with the public.

The Community Liaison Committee was created by the University of Saskatchewan to serve as an independent organization working to ensure full and open communication on safety issues related to InterVac.

The committee meets regularly to be briefed on the work at InterVac. This past year we received reports on eight incidents, three of which were minor. The most significant issues involved equipment failure and an animal bite (employees were monitored following public health requirements and exposure ruled out). All incidents were resolved to the satisfaction of the committee with no risk to the public.

The committee also stays up to date on issues relating to infectious diseases, particularly as they apply to VIDO. This year members reviewed articles on protocols used in other facilities and, of course, the pandemic. In addition, the committee received presentations on African Swine Fever, protein misfolding diseases and facility security.

To better serve the community the committee launched a revised website (www.intervacclc.ca) and hosted a community meeting in October 2020.

Members of the public can contact the committee at intervacclc@usask.ca

Susan Lamb

Community Liaison Committee Chair

 

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