In mid-August and just before the print deadline of this JAVA, the AVA Board of Directors made the very difficult decision to change the face-to-face Scientific Meeting (AVASM21) to a completely virtual event because of the challenges and issues due to the pandemic of COVID-19 and delta variant infections. The AVA Board has a duty to ensure the safety of attendees, exhibitors, speakers, staff and other external partners who attend our events. We appreciate that it is enormously disappointing to everyone that our invaluable face-to-face interactions cannot happen again this year. AVASM will hopefully be live in 2022, and it will surely be one for the ages after many months of unparalleled global events and activity (or lack thereof). I look forward to reuniting and learning from you all once again as we work towards the AVA mission to...

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