The leading researcher of the Laboratory of Etiology and Control of Viral Infections of the Institute Natalia Romanenkova took part in the 7th EVAg Meeting, which was held April 26-27 at the Medical University of Berlin (Charité, Germany). The meeting was attended by more than 50 researchers - experts in virology from France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, the Russian Federation, China, Jordan, Algeria, South Africa, Senegal, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, Cambodia, and the representative of the World Health Organization (Bernadette MURGUE).
Within the framework of the 7th meeting of the European Virus Archive, issues of rapid response to outbreaks of especially dangerous viral infections such as Ebola, Zika, Lassa fevers were discussed.
The discussion focused on such issues as maintaining ethical standards, quality requirements for content and storage of biological materials, development of cooperation between participants. The opportunities for sharing information on viral collections between all interested organizations, providing access for the researcher to existing collections of viruses and nucleotide sequences of viruses were discussed.
In addition, EVAg considered the possibilities of involving new associated partners of the European Virus Archive such as Institut Pasteur in Senegal, IP in Algeria, IP in Ivory Coast, IP in Cambodia and National Public Health Institute in Hungary, which representatives introduced their institutes at the Meeting.