UPDATE: VQI Annual Meeting Set to Take Place as Planned
SVS PSO is receiving many inquiries regarding VQI Annual Meeting in Toronto and appreciates all the communications from members and update notices regarding institutional and workplace travel bans.
Based on information known today, the VQI Annual Meeting will take place as planned June 16-17, 2020, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Registration continues to be open at the link below and here.
Our policy has always been that attendees are entitled to a full registration refund in the event of an emergency. In the event the VQI Annual Meeting is canceled due to the global pandemic, attendees will be refunded in full for registration fee only.
Our first concern, of course, is the health, safety, and security of VQI members, their patients and all stakeholders planning to attend. SVS PSO leadership is actively and closely monitoring this evolving situation and meeting regularly and will continue regular communications with members, VAM attendees, partners and stakeholders as the situation develops.
SVS PSO continues to follow published guidance of national and local health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and encourage attendees to take common-sense precautions and follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of illness. For additional information see the links below.
Local authorities in Toronto have put some procedures in place to scree international passengers arriving at Toronto Pearson Airport to help prevent the introduction of further cases and to ensure Toronto remains a safe environment. Further details may be found here. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has not identified any elevated risk in Canada and is not advising American travelers to alter their travel plans to Canada.
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is working closely with industry partners to monitor developments relating to COVID-19 and taking direction from provincial, Canadian and global health authorities. Ontario officials are actively working with partners in the health care system at the municipal, provincial and federal levels to identify, prevent and control this emerging global health issue.
We will continue to update you via our website, vascular.org, social media channels, and email. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact SVS at 800-258-7188.