Only vaccines that are safe and effective are approved for use in the European Union. EU public-health authorities protect your health by carrying out scientific evaluations of all new vaccines and monitoring their safety as long as they are in use.
All vaccines in the European Union are continuously monitored by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) once they are authorised and used in vaccination programmes across the EU. Monitoring ensures that if a safety concern or a rare serious side effect were to occur, this would be detected as early as possible. EMA would then act quickly to protect the public
Effective worldwide vaccination campaigns have dramatically reduced the number of deadly infections, and we have even managed to wipe out some diseases completely. With high- and sustained vaccination coverage, we could get rid of even more diseases. Here are the examples of smallpox, polio, tetanus and measles.
Borislava Ananieva, 25 years old, is a two times transplanted patient. She cannot be vaccinated. She hopes that more people will be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity against more common diseases, so she can be protected as well. She calls on get information on vaccines from trusted sources.
For Peter Piot, virologist who contributed to identify Ebola, vaccine is the only way to get out of the coronavirus pandemic. Within a year, he said, there will probably 5 to 10 different vaccines against Covid-19. But, he stressed, the vaccine must be absolutely safe and has to be tested on many thousands of people. After having combated viruses for his whole professional life, he contracted the virus of Covid-19, and now he is on the frontline for a vaccine.