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Vaccination in the spotlight:
Health Commissioner awards 3 NGOs for outstanding initiatives


On 27 November 2017, at the EU Health Policy Platform annual meeting in Brussels, Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, awarded the EU Health Award for Health Award for NGOs promoting vaccination – a prize which aims to reward outstanding initiatives by NGOs which have helped achieve higher levels of public health for Europeans through vaccination.

In the run-up to the award ceremony, Commissioner Andriukaitis said: "Immunising people against diseases caused by viruses or bacteria is one of the most cost-effective public health measures available today. Yet, worryingly, misconceptions and scepticism about the need to vaccinate is growing. The public-facing role of Non-Governmental Organisations is crucial in the effort to ensure high vaccination coverage. Picking the top three initiatives was a challenging task for the jury, and while I will be proud to announce the overall winners, all 10 NGOs on the shortlist should be proud of their contribution to better public health through vaccination."