Vaccination

Health 09-10-2019

Expert: Complex vaccines ecosystem needs an EU-wide platform

A new EU-wide platform for vaccines, which will bring together all different stakeholders, is needed in order to identify the gaps and fix the problems of the vaccines ecosystem’s complexity, Dr Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, a health expert, told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Health 08-10-2019

A ‘healthy’ vaccines ecosystem

The EU's fragmented market has created barriers for vaccines in Europe. In this Special Report, EURACTIV looks into what a “healthy vaccines ecosystem” is and how its different components could better coordinate to break silos and improve healthcare.
Health 08-10-2019

Healthy vaccines ecosystem: A tough equation to solve

In a fragmented EU market, the vaccines ecosystem is complex and in order for it to be “healthy” all relevant stakeholders should be taken into account, Professor Panos Kanavos, an associate professor at LSE, told EURACTIV.com.
Health 24-09-2019

Measles hit Zagreb as social media join fight against anti-vaccination

Seven people have been diagnosed with measles in Zagreb in the past two weeks, raising concerns that more cases of this highly contagious virus may occur in light of the rising anti-vaccination campaigns.
Health 13-09-2019

Vaccine Innovation: Europe’s crucial role in advancing global public health

Vaccination is a success story. Over the last century, vaccines have eliminated or nearly eliminated many diseases that were once widespread and often fatal, such as smallpox and polio, writes Nanette Cocer, the Global President of Pfizer Vaccines.
Health 11-09-2019

Better access to health innovation is Kyriakides’ top priority (and hardest task)

With increased powers, Health Commissioner-designate Stella Kyriakides is tasked with striking a difficult balance between making sure there is a steady supply of affordable medicines and ensuring that EU pharma industry remains a world leader in innovation.
Health 04-09-2019

Greek government vows to push vaccination after measles shock

Greece's new conservative government plans to take action to increase vaccination rates, following fresh World Health Organisation data that suggests measles has re-appeared in the country.
Health 29-08-2019

Despite warnings, Europe still severely exposed to measles

Although awareness and EU coordination on vaccination has increased, Europe is still experiencing an embarrassingly severe measles’ outbreak.
Health 01-07-2019

Vaccines are victim of their own success, global health expert says

One of the reasons behind the decline in vaccine confidence is that people have gotten complacent, as diseases that have killed millions of people aren’t here anymore due to the success of vaccination, an epidemiologist told EURACTIV.
Health 29-04-2019

Poll: Nearly half of Europeans think vaccines ‘can often produce severe side effects’

85% of EU citizens believe vaccines are an effective way of preventing diseases, but almost half of them think vaccines "can often produce severe side-effects," according to a new Eurobarometer survey.
Health 01-04-2019

Andriukaitis: I like criticism from anti-vaxxers, it means I’m doing my job

Before taking a temporary unpaid leave from his position in Brussels, EU health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis looked back over his mandate in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.com, highlighting his fight to promote vaccination and tackle resistance to antibiotics.
Health 06-03-2019

Industry calls on EU member states to pick up vaccination momentum

EU member states should take advantage of the positive momentum on vaccination push and make it a “cornerstone” of Europe’s public health, the EU vaccine industry has said.
Health 27-02-2019

Record measles infections in the EU shows the need for childhood vaccination

Communicable diseases such as measles can spread incredibly rapidly, requiring protecting those who are more susceptible to illnesses. But the responsibility to immunise children rests not just with parents and vaccines don’t solely protect the person who receives them, writes Ulrike Sucher.
Health 22-02-2019

5 Star ‘very surprised’ by EU health chief’s jab at Italy on vaccination

EU health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis pointed the finger at the Italian government on Tuesday (19 February), saying decisions on vaccination should be based on science rather than "fake news".
Health 24-01-2019

New anti-microbial resistance business models are off the table, Romanian health minister says

Romania's EU Presidency will not look into new business models to tackle anti-microbial resistance (AMR), Romanian Health Minister Sorina Pintea told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Health 04-12-2018

Romanian health minister: Prevention and innovative drugs to kill cancer

In order to face the rising cancer incidence across Europe, governments should prioritise prevention policies, as well as access to innovative medicines under an EU-wide plan, Romanian Health Minister Sorina Pintea told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Health 03-12-2018

Together we can change the future of cancer

With momentum growing for a European Cancer Plan, there is a real opportunity to make a difference for cancer patients in Europe in the next term of the European institutions, writes Deepak Khanna.
Health 23-11-2018

Debating mandatory or voluntary vaccination is ‘absolutely useless’, says EU health chief

Medical experts, not politicians, should decide whether vaccination should be mandatory or not, EU health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis told reporters on Thursday (21 November), adding that the only relevant objective is to reach maximum coverage.
Health 13-11-2018

No freedom of choice in vaccination, top EU health official insists

There is no freedom of choice when it comes to vaccination because it involves putting other people’s health at risk, a top EU health official has warned, adding that ongoing debate in Italy about inoculations is verging "on the absurd".
Health 25-10-2018

Commission report: EU public trust in vaccines largely positive but gaps remain

Public perception towards vaccines is largely positive across the EU, with Portugal marking the highest scores, a new report has found. However, mistrust still exists in some member states and four of them are among the top ten vaccine-sceptical countries in the world.
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Vaccination: a life-long approach
Health 15-10-2018

Life-course vaccination – leave no one behind

Vaccination is unquestionably one of the most powerful and cost-effective public health measures available. Despite this, vaccination remain undervalued and underutilised, and there are numerous challenges to optimal uptake of vaccines.
Health 08-10-2018

Expert: Life-course immunisation will save costs and lives

The adoption of a life-course immunisation approach in the EU will have significant multi-level effects, ranging from a healthier population to savings in healthcare budgets, Professor Daphné Holt told EURACTIV.com.
Health 07-09-2018

High immunity levels matter, Andriukaitis says after vaccination debate in Italy

When it comes to vaccination and immunity, what matters is to ensure high immunity levels and not the way each EU government will decide to follow, EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV.com following a heated debate on the issue in Italy.
Health 23-08-2018

Sudden spike in number of measles cases in Europe, highest death toll in Serbia

The first six months of 2018 have seen a sudden increase in the number of measles cases in Europe with at least 37 deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned.

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