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Commissioner Andriukaitis in Geneva at the 72nd World Health Assembly

20/05/2019 - 14:53
EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva - Press releases


On 21 May, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis will travel to Geneva to participate at the 72nd World Health Assembly of the WHO gathering around 3,000 participants, including Heads of State and Ministers of Health. Commissioner Andriukaitis will speak at an official side event co-sponsored by the EU on “Promoting Vaccine Confidence: Enhancing Global Immunisation Efforts to Protect the Health of All Generations”. The event will aim at raising awareness of the need for global, regional and national focus on vaccine confidence as part of effective vaccination programming through community engagement, and other approaches toward continued progress against vaccine preventable diseases.

The Commissioner will also hold bilateral meetings with Ministers and high-level delegates from different countries. Before the event Vytenis Andriukaitis said: “In 2018, there were more than 12,000 cases of measles leading to 35 deaths in the EU. This is unacceptable given that an effective vaccine exists since the 1960s. Only four EU Member States have achieved the necessary target of at least 95% of the population having received two doses of vaccines to get herd immunity. We need to work together to reach this target and I will redouble my efforts to make sure that vaccination remains a fundamental element of primary health care and a component of every health care package because it saves lives. The next stop for awareness raising and our common work together is a Global Summit on Vaccination co-organized by the European Commission and WHO, that will take place in Brussels, September 12.”


Additional information on vaccination available here. (For more information: Anca Paduraru – Tel.: +32 229  91269; Aikaterini Apostola – Tel.: +32 229 87624)