Global Vaccination Summit
The European Commission organised, in cooperation with the World Health Organisation, a Global Vaccination Summit on 12 September 2019, in Brussels.
The event took place under the joint auspices of the European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker and WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The overall objective was to give high level visibility and political endorsement to the topic of vaccination, which is the most successful public health measure saving millions of lives every year. It demonstrated EU leadership for global commitment to vaccination, boost political commitment towards eliminating vaccine preventable diseases and engage political leaders and leaders from scientific, medical, industry, philanthropic and civil society in global action against the spread of vaccine misinformation.
Ten actions towards vaccination for all (available in 23 EU linguistic versions)
The event was structured around the following three round tables:
Roundtable 1: In Vaccines we trust
Stepping up action to increase vaccine confidence
Roundtable 2: The Magic of Science
Boosting vaccine Research, Development, and Innovation
Roundtable 3: Vaccines Protecting Everyone, Everywhere
Galvanizing a global response to assure health, security and prosperity through immunization
The Summit brought together around 400 participants from around the globe including political leaders, high-level representatives from the UN and other international organisations, health ministries, leading academics, scientists and health professionals, the private sector and NGOs.
Participation was upon invitation only.
Vaccination is the most successful public health measure of modern times. Thanks to widespread vaccination, smallpox has been eradicated, Europe made polio-free, and elimination of other diseases on the horizon. Vaccination prevents an estimated 2.5 million deaths worldwide each year and reduces disease-specific treatment costs. Despite its brilliant track record, several EU and neighbouring countries are currently facing unprecedented outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases due to insufficient vaccination coverage rates. Unequal access to vaccines and in some places waning of public confidence in vaccination are a cause for concern and a major challenge for public health experts. The WHO declared vaccine misinformation as one of the main health threats for 2019.
The Summit hashtags are: #VaccinationSummit19 #VaccinesWork
- Press release - Vaccination: European Commission and World Health Organization join forces to promote the benefits of vaccines
- Ten actions towards vaccination for all
- Questions & Answers: Global Vaccination Summit
- Factsheet - Vaccination: an issue for Europe & the world
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