An industry for healthy lives

Vaccines Europe represents all the major vaccine companies operating in Europe which undertake 79% of their global production and more than 50% of their global research projects in the region.

Key facts on vaccines

What are vaccines?

A vaccine is a biological preparation used to produce or improve immunity against a particular disease. By inoculating killed or weakened disease-causing microorganisms (or crucial fragments, products or derivatives) the production of antibodies is stimulated…
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How do Vaccines work?

The human immune system is a system of biological structures and processes that protects us against diseases by recognising germs that enter the body as foreign invaders. These are referred to as antigens, a term which stands for “antibody generator”…
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Types of vaccines

Depending on the disease-causing agent, on how it infects the cell and on how the immune system responds to it, scientists decide the best approach to design a vaccine. The following are the main type of options that currently exist…
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How are Vaccines developed?

Vaccine development is a complex and time-consuming process that differs from the development of conventional drugs. Indeed vaccines are intended for use in healthy individuals as a preventive measure whereas conventional drugs are aimed…
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How are Vaccines produced?

The first step in order to produce a vaccine is generating the antigen that will trigger the immune response. For this purpose the pathogen’s proteins or DNA need to be grown and harvested using the following mechanisms…
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New Vaccines in Development

Vaccination was first pioneered in Europe and ever since, Europe has been at the heart of the global vaccine industry playing a key role in the research and development of preventive as well as therapeutic vaccines…
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