Ongoing efforts to develop a vaccine against Ebola

2014 10 06 Written by Vaccines Europe

Vaccine companies are actively working on the development of effective prophylactic vaccines capable of preventing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and halting the ongoing outbreak in West Africa. This is the first outbreak of this kind and it is rapidly spreading across countries in the region, making it unprecedented in size and geographical distribution. So far, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reports 7178 cases, including 3338 deaths. Read more…

Prevent the Preventable: Vaccines Europe Calls for a Coherent Vaccination Strategy in Europe

2014 06 05 Written by Vaccines Europe

(5 June – Lyon, FRANCE): Vaccines Europe today launched a campaign calling for a coherent vaccination strategy in Europe, with a clearer and more comprehensive agenda to “prevent the preventable”.

The campaign’s roadmap “PREVENTION FIRST: Vaccination at the heart of public health” proposes some actions to be addressed by EU authorities to develop a vaccination strategy for Europe. This aims to support EU Members States in achieving their immunisation policy objectives. Spending in primary prevention currently represents less than 3% of Member States’ overall healthcare budgets, and there is plenty of scope for further action to strengthen diseases prevention programmes. Read more…

Passing away of Brazilian epidemiologist Dr. Ciro de Quadros

2014 06 04 Written by Vaccines Europe

It is with deep regret that Vaccines Europe announces that the Brazilian epidemiologist Dr. Ciro de Quadros, who was a central figure in the eradication of polio from Latin America and the Caribbean, passed away a week ago. De Quadros, who was the Executive Vice President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Director of Sabin’s Vaccine Advocacy and Education program, was a renowned public health expert and advocate, in particular, in the area of vaccines and preventable diseases.

He has recently been honored as a Public Health Hero of the Americas by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), which is the PAHO’s highest distinction. With this prize PAHO believed that no single person has done more to extend the benefits of immunization to people throughout the Americas.

Vaccines Europe members and staff offer their sincere condolences to Dr de Quadros’ family.

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