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A word from the President

FrankDear Members,

Every generation can say they live in interesting times, but I guess these are the weirdest times in the last 50 years or even longer. During our social event on March 7th we were paying a bit of attention not to stand too close to each other, but had no clue that the world would almost stop the week after.
Well, it stopped for those who had to stay home. A lot of persons working in pharma industry, logistics and healthcare were hit by a tsunami of work. How to develop fast PCR and antibody tests? How to develop a safe vaccine in less than one year? How to prepare for the worst case situation in which the medical chain is overloaded and backup solutions must be worked out. E.g. would we be allowed to fill up the oxygen tanks of the hospitals with industrial instead of medicinal oxygen? Where can we store millions of vaccines at -20°C, or even at -80°C when this would be required? Are there sufficient GDP-licensed freezers? What about the airport hubs and the last mile distribution? And most important, how can we keep our personnel protected? Let’s hope we can overcome this second wave without the need to stretch the system too much, since this will only bring more uncertainty and risk.
Meanwhile we are learning to live and work in a different way, also in our association. We continue to organize training sessions for our members, but went online. We have purchased licenses of Teams and Zoom, and used these successfully for our General Assembly, board meetings and the kickoff of our new initiative, the QP Academy. Our GDP training on November 17th will also be a virtual event, which has the advantage that we are not limited by the number of seats in the room. So don’t hesitate to register.
I would say: keep up the good work and hope to see you soon in healthy condition, both physically and mentally.


Frank Peeters,
President UPIP-VAPI


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