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Europe is at the heart of global vaccine research and production. Most of the activities of the major innovative Vaccines Europe members research based-companies are based in the region.
Vaccines Europe welcomes the European Commission initiative to launch the EU Joint Action on Vaccination. This EU Joint Action represents a unique opportunity to address common challenges faced by the EU Member States as highlighted in the Council Conclusions on vaccinations as an effective tool in public health, in December 2014. This becomes even more relevant against a background of increasing vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks leading to avoidable death and disability, the increase of antimicrobial resistance and the ageing of the population.
The vaccine industry shares the commitment of the entire public health community to protect European citizens of all ages against infectious diseases. Vaccines Europe is committed to working with stakeholders to ensure a reliable supply of safe, effective and innovative vaccines in Europe and worldwide. Vaccines Europe has identified a number of key areas, which could significantly strengthen vaccination in Europe and facilitate the achievements of European Immunisation goals.
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24-30 April 2017: This week is the European Immunisation Week (EIW2017) that is being celebrated across the European Region. Under the slogan “Vaccines work” the EIW 2017 will focus on the need for and benefits of immunisation at every stage in life.
It is well acknowledged that childhood vaccination is one of the most important medical achievements of the 20th Century. The WHO estimates that vaccination prevents 2-3 million deaths every year across the Globe, and has enormous positive impacts on healthcare systems. However, vaccine-preventable diseases also have significant impacts on adult mortality, health and quality of life. By 2050, the world’s population aged 60 years and older is expected to reach 2 billion, an increase from 900 million today. Increased longevity and lower birth rates are dramatically changing demography in Europe and around the world. With the ageing population, the public health impact of vaccine preventable diseases and their complications in adults are likely to grow.
Vaccines Europe welcomes the appointment of Dr. Andrea Ammon as Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) for the next five years (2017-2022). Vaccines Europe supports a strong leadership role of the ECDC, together with a clear ECDC strategy and vision towards vaccine preventable diseases in Europe.