About the summit
The European Commission, in cooperation with the World Health Organization, organized a global vaccination summit in Brussels on 12 September 2019.
The event was co-sponsored by European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The overall goal was to provide a high level of visibility and political support for vaccination, the most successful public health action that saves millions of lives each year. It demonstrated the EU’s leadership in the global commitment to vaccination, the removal of political commitment to vaccine-preventable diseases, and the commitment of political and scientific, medical, industrial, charitable and civil society leaders to global efforts to prevent the spread of false vaccine information.
The event was built around the following three round tables:
Round table 1: We rely on vaccines
Stepping up efforts to increase vaccine security
Round table 2: The magic of science
Intensify research, development and innovation in vaccines
Round table 3: Vaccines protect everyone, everywhere
Strengthening the global response to health, safety and well-being through vaccination
The summit brought together around 400 participants from around the world, including political leaders, high-level representatives of the UN and other international organizations, ministries of health, leading scientists, researchers and health professionals, the private sector and NGOs.
Participation was by invitation only.
Vaccination is the most successful public health measure today. Thanks to extensive vaccination, smallpox has been eradicated, Europe has been made polio-free and other diseases on the horizon have been eliminated. Vaccination prevents an estimated 2.5 million deaths worldwide each year and reduces the cost of treatment per disease. Despite their great achievements, many of the EU and its neighbors are currently facing unprecedented outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases due to insufficient vaccination coverage. Unequal availability of vaccines and, in some places, declining public confidence in vaccinations are a concern and a major challenge for public health professionals. The WHO declared the false information about the vaccine to be one major health threats in 2019.
The hashtags of the summit are: # VaccinationSummit19 # The work of vaccines