Wed, April 25, 2018
Vaccination in Europe – A joint EASAC/FEAM Commentary on the European Commission Roadmap on Strengthened cooperation against vaccine preventable diseases
With the dramatic increase in measles in Europe – a four-fold increase from 2016 to 2017, according to a recent report by the World Health Organization – and the urgent need for vaccines protecting against infections for which no vaccines currently exist, the European Commission (EC) has drafted a Roadmap for Strengthened cooperation against vaccine preventable diseases and aims to adopt a proposal by mid-2018 for a Council Recommendation on this issue. The EC recently organized a public consultation to seek the views of EU citizens and biomedical stakeholders on current challenges of vaccination programmes including declining coverage, supply shortage and growing vaccination hesitancy.
In this context, FEAM and EASAC have joined forces in addressing such an important and pressing health issue for Europe by developing a joint commentary on the EC Roadmap with a focus on vaccine coverage, vaccine hesitancy, vaccine availability and new vaccine development. Ten recommendations to improve vaccination in Europe are included:
View joint commentary