Funding for this research was provided by:
Belgian American Educational Foundation
Innovative Medicines Initiative (Nº 116019)
Text and Data Mining valid from 2020-04-06
Received: 21 October 2019
Accepted: 18 February 2020
First Online: 6 April 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Not applicable.
: Not applicable.
: This article is the result of work conducted independently by the authors. As part of standard procedures of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) project, all academic and EFPIA members of the Respiratory Syncytial Virus Consortium in Europe (RESCEU) steering committee were given the opportunity to comment on this manuscript prior to submission. In RESCEU’s steering committee, employees of five pharmaceutical companies (Novavax, Sanofi Pasteur, GSK, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson) take representation for EFPIA. While the pharmaceutical companies were allowed to read and comment on the manuscript, they did not influence the final decision to publish nor did they have control over the contents of the publication.This entire manuscript and the additional file are written independently by the authors. None of the authors have received any forms of pecuniary or other support from the pharmaceutical industry.PB declares that a part-time (35%) university chair (occupied by Niel Hens) in the Centre for Health Economics Research and Modelling Infectious Diseases at the University of Antwerp was partially supported in 2009–2018 by a recurring gift from Pfizer, and this chair has also been partially supported by GSK in 2017.The University of Antwerp also received compensation for PB and LW’s attendance at two meetings of a Belgian advisory board on economic evaluations of vaccines convened by Pfizer in 2019, outside of this submission work. The clinical trials centre (to which none of the authors belong) at the University of Antwerp conducts numerous vaccine trials and epidemiological studies for vaccine developers and other stakeholders in global public health.