7th December 2018
Vaccines Europe welcomes the EU Council Recommendation on strengthened cooperation against vaccine-preventable diseases. Speaking about the Recommendation, Pascale Mauran, President of Vaccines Europe said “The Recommendation represents a major step towards addressing the different vaccines and vaccination-related challenges faced by the EU Member States such as increasing vaccination hesitancy, low vaccine uptake. Implementing the Recommendation will require stronger collaboration between all relevant stakeholders, in particular, national public health authorities and the European Commission. At Vaccines Europe we are looking forward to collaborating and supporting the implementation of the EU Council Recommendation in order to secure full protection of all EU citizens against vaccine-preventable diseases.”
Vaccination is one of the most powerful and cost-effective public health measures developed in the 20th century and remains the main tool for primary prevention of communicable diseases. Vaccination programs should go beyond childhood, taking a life-course approach to address epidemiological shifts in the burden of vaccine-preventable diseases. Moreover, vaccination can be an important instrument in addressing antimicrobial resistance.
Read the full Vaccines Europe statement here.