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6 April 2021

Dear colleagues,

Please find below the latest edition of ESCMID Weekly News.

With kind regards,
ESCMID Executive Office.


Pre-ECCMID Days: Check out the Programme!

Don’t forget that your full registration to ECCMID includes registration to all 5 Pre-ECCMID days. These online educational days will cover salient topics in the field of infection, including Vaccines, COVID-19, Diagnostics and AMS.

The preliminary programmes are now available for the:

Find out more on the ECCMID website.

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ESCMID online postgraduate course starting next week!

The first ESCMID online postgraduate courses are starting next week, covering a wide range of CM and ID topics.Register now and don’t miss out on the great live educational content from the courses:

- Hot Topics in Central Nervous System Infections
- Update in tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacterial infections diagnosis and clinical management

Find the programme flyers and link for registration for the ESCMID online courses on the ESCMID online courses website.

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ESCMID Study Group Elections: Less than one week to go!

On Friday, March 26th, we have opened the election phase for the Executive Committee of the Study Groups listed below. Members of these Study Groups are invited to vote until April 9th.

To access the voting platform, log in to my.escmid.org with your ESCMID credentials and click on the “Study Group Elections” icon. You can submit your votes for each election only one time, so make sure that you have selected all candidates you wish to vote for before submitting. Also remember that only one candidate per country can be elected to sit on the executive committee.

The Study Groups that are having elections are: ESGAI, ESGB, ESGBIES, ESGEM, ESGIAI, ESGICH, ESGMAC, ESGMD, ESGNI, ESGVH, ESGVM.

For any questions, contact science@escmid.org

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ECCMID Community – Showcasing the creative side of ESCMID during pandemic times!

As a new part of the broader ECCMID programme, ESCMID is launching a call for submission of original photography documenting inspiring moments during pandemic times. We also welcome any other form of artwork, such as painting, pastels, poetry or prose!

Submitted original works will be included in a special gallery that will be available on the ECCMID online platform.

Find out more and submit your work on the ECCMID website.

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BHIVA guidelines on immunisation for adults with HIV: SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) 2021 - consultation open

The British HIV Association has developed guidelines aiming to provide information for healthcare professionals on the use of SARS-CoV-2 immunisation in people with HIV. They are based on the interpretation of current evidence and will be kept under review and updated as new evidence emerges.A public consultation is open until 5.00 pm on Friday 23 April 2021.To participate follow the link: 

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VALUE-Dx April newsletter now available!

A new newsletter from VALUE-Dx is now available, with updates from the Work Packages of this valuable EU project, which aims to facilitate and accelerate new diagnostic technologies into healthcare settings, to improve diagnostic accuracy and efficiency and reduce inappropriate antibiotic use. 

ESCMID is proud to be a part of the VALUE-Dx consortium

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EMA communication: latest updates on COVID-19 vaccines

EMA is happy to share with ESCMID the recent communications on COVID-19 vaccines:

All the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccines are available by clicking here.

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CMI highlight: SARS-CoV-2 escape mutants and protective immunity from natural infections or immunizations

Although coronaviruses have lower mutation rates than other respiratory RNA viruses, the scale of the pandemic has brought the importance of viral evolution for coronaviruses to centre stage. Three recently detected SARS-CoV-2 lineages (B.1.1.7, B.1.351, and P.1), have been scrutinized because they are unusually divergent and each possesses a unique constellation of mutations of potential biological importance, several of which are in the gene coding for the Spike protein. The authors briefly summarize the current knowledge on these variants, and their possible implications.

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