European Commission and WHO announce plan to eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases at Global Vaccine Summit
The European Commission (EC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a 10-point action plan to improve vaccine access and to eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases at the Global Vaccine Summit in Brussels on September 12, 2019.
The plan included commitments from both institutions to:
- Promote vaccination and build effective collaboration and partnerships to sustain high coverage rates;
- Ensure countries have national immunization strategies;
- Build surveillance systems for vaccine-preventable diseases;
- Tackle the root causes of vaccine hesitancy; and
- Invest, including with novel models of funding and incentives, in research and development for new or improved vaccines and delivery devices.
The EC-WHO summit featured high-level participants including Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and European Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis. The summit highlighted the role of vaccine hesitancy in the current measles outbreak in Europe and called for the restoration of trust in vaccines and increased political commitments and investments to improve global vaccine coverage.