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Building a Global BK Community

Building a Global BK Community

A conversation about how to build a broader BK community of writers, customers, practitioners, and other stakeholders--with a special focus on the Asia-Pacific Region.

  • junaid.anwerpk@gmail.com

    Joining this group

    Created by Jay dee

    Pleasure to join this group. 

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  • ameliehaines57@gmail.com

    Getting Knowledge

    Created by Ammy Magoffin

    Yeah, it's a great initiative to build a community for writers that can promote knowledge for those students who have no idea how to write it so get more to keep visit website and grab amazing knowledge.

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  • alvinaj660@gmail.com

    Meningococcal vaccine market report is in… and top companies are expected to see growth again

    Created by Alvina Jennifer

    The Global Meningococcal Vaccines Market Research Report has analysed the 2013 market and made predictions for the next four years. Key players are expected to continue to lead the industry, but newcomers are not to be ignored.  

    The Global Meningococcal Vaccines Market Research Report was published and outlined the foreseeable growth of the market up until 2022. The report detailed global and regional markets with explanation of expected growth in the meningococcal vaccine industry in particular areas.

    What the report covered

    The report begins with market definitions and an overview of the global market and related technologies. This is followed by an analysis of the market status and global trends, particularly over the past five years. It features data from 2013, estimations from 2014 and 2015 and projections up to 2022.

    The report examines regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. To discuss the market geographically, it is further segmented into countries such as Canada, India, Japan, China and Germany.

    There are many driving factors of the report including:

    • Non-profit organisations taking part in educating and creating awareness around vaccines
    • Travel vaccines for meningococcal
    • Partnerships to support the development of meningococcal vaccines for a lower cost.
    • Betterment of global health, particularly in developing countries.

    Along with restraining factors, such as:

    • Supporting the delivery of meningococcal vaccines via cold chains, leading to a higher cost
    • Unstable epidemiology of the meningococcal disease.


    Possibly the biggest finding of the report is estimations the Global Meningococcal Vaccines Market is expected to surpass US $4 billion by 2022 and will also expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 12 per cent over the next four years. This allows new market opportunities to be identified and promotional plans for the market to be put in place.

    The research report then discusses research and development as well as the demand for new products. The authors reveal the industry’s expected top companies for the upcoming years, accompanied by comprehensive company profiles.

    Notable key players mentioned in the report are:

    • Pfizer
    • JN-International Medical Corporation
    • Novartis International AG
    • GlaxoSmithKline plc
    • Sanofi S.A Inc.
    • Serum Institute of India Ltd.
    • Nuron Biotech.

    While big brands of vaccines themselves include:

    Polysaccharide Vaccines

    • Menomune
    • Mencevax
    • NmVac4
    • Quadri Meningo
    • Bi Meningo.

    Conjugate Vaccines

    • Menactra
    • Menveo
    • NeisVac-C
    • Nimenrix
    • Meningitec
    • Menjugate
    • MenAfriVac
    • NmVac4-DT.

    Combination Vaccines

    • MenHibrix
    • Menitorix.

    Meningococcal Strain B Vaccines

    • Bexsero
    • Trumenba.

    Has there been any change since the report was released?

    Pharmaceutical company Pfizer is already taking action by working with public health officials in Thailand to devise new ways to deploy vaccines amid shortfalls in the nation’s health funding.

    According to Luksanawan Thangpaiboolm, head of the company’s vaccine unit in Thailand and Indochina: “Pfizer believes it can significantly alleviate the problems facing the country’s overstretched health services.”

    In 2017, the $129 billion set aside in Thailand’s Public Health Ministry’s budget did not cover the $142 billion required to meet demand. On the back of this, the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) has issued a warning that the country will need $1.4 trillion for public health in a decade’s time, which it will not be able to acquire.  

    Pfizer has a number of available vaccines it is working to deploy to Thailand, including the new breakthrough vaccination for pneumococcal disease, an illness caused by Streptococcus bacteria. Luksanawan mentioned the vaccine is currently available in hospitals across the country but at the moment, costs associated with administering the drug cannot be reimbursed.

    Will the top companies be able to handle the growth?

    With an expected growth predicted for the top companies, it can only be questioned whether they will be prepared for increased demand. After all, it would not be the first time leaders in the industry have faced a shortage.

    An example is the relatively new vaccine able to protect children against meningococcal strain B, Bexsero. In 2016, pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline announced the vaccine was in short supply across the globe until early 2017.

    This shortage reportedly led countries, including the United Kingdom and Ireland, to include the Bexsero vaccine as part of their national immunisation programs – but due to the higher demand, the short supply available and the cost, the meningococcal-B vaccine is often reserved for children at increased risk of contracting the disease. According to Dr Ryan Harvey at House Call Doctor, these examples include children who have been exposed to meningococcal at child care or school.


    The Global Meningococcal Vaccines Market Research Report has reiterated the dominance of the industry’s top companies – but with an increased demand for new products and a risk leaders will struggle meeting predicted growth levels, there is an opening for newcomers to make their mark.

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  • Johanna Vondeling

    Johanna Vondeling
    Archive of Writing for Change Workshop Materials

    For a suggested AGENDA for a future Writing for Change Workshop, here's what worked for the Singapore workshop.


    4.30–5.00      Registration and Networking over Tea

    5.00–5.10      Welcome by Michael Prince, BK Global Task Force Member 

    5.10–6.30      Session 1: Writing for Change: The Writer’s Journey with Marcia Reynolds and  Alvin Pang; Panel Dialogue Moderated by Jacqueline Wong 

    6.30–7.30      Session 2: Open Space as a process to convene conversations and interact, network around the questions, topics and challenges that participants are most interested in. 

    7.30–8.00     Light Bites and Networking