Webinar | THE WORLD IMMUNIZATION WEEK

The most powerful public health tool: The role of vaccines and immunization in the global recovery from COVID-19

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270422 world immunization week landscape

Immunization is a global health and development success as well as a key component of primary health care and a human right. Vaccines have safely reduced the scourge of diseases and nowadays they prevent more than 20 life-threatening diseases, helping people of all ages live longer and healthier lives. Vaccines save more than five lives every minute – preventing up to three million deaths a year, even before the arrival of COVID-19.

Despite the great progress achieved in the last decades, insufficient access to vaccines is still today a problem for millions of people across the world, including 20 million children. In some countries, progress has stalled or even reversed, and there is a real risk that complacency will undermine past achievements. In the case of the COVID-19 global vaccination efforts, the world has committed to vaccinate 70% of the population by mid-2022. While some countries are starting to speak about a fourth dose, one third of the world’s population has not yet received a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 83% of the African population. Strengthening local vaccine production, storage facilities and delivery systems in recipient countries must continue being a priority for the international community, including the EU.

Every year, the World Immunization Week aims to highlight the collective action needed and to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against diseases. It is an opportunity to raise awareness of the value of vaccines and immunization and ensure that the necessary guidance and technical support is available to implement high-quality immunization programmes.


Objectives

This Renew event aims to debate and discuss on:

  • The current challenges and opportunities in the promotion of the use of vaccines worldwide.
  • The need to address the uneven global vaccination against COVID-19 and continue focusing on this global effort.
  • How to address the impacts of the pandemic on other vaccination campaigns and illnesses treatments, such as the first available malaria vaccine, tuberculosis or HIV/AIDS, among others.

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EVENT AGENDA

OPENING REMARKS | 15H00-15H05

SORAYA RODRÍGUEZ RAMOS MEP

RENEW EUROPE MEMBER, CHAIR EP DELEGATION FOR RELATIONS WITH THE PAN-AFRICAN PARLIAMENT

PANEL 1 | 15H05 - 15H45

MOVING FORWARD WITH THE COVID-19 GLOBAL VACCINATION EFFORTS

CHAIR

SORAYA RODRÍGUEZ RAMOS MEP

RENEW EUROPE MEMBER, CHAIR EP DELEGATION FOR RELATIONS WITH THE PAN-AFRICAN PARLIAMENT

SPEAKERS

GUILLAUME GROSSO

DIRECTOR, SOVEREIGN & PRIVATE SECTOR ENGAGEMENT, DONOR RELATIONS & CAMPAIGNS AT GAVI, THE VACCINE ALLIANCE

DIMITRI EYNIKEL

EU POLICY AND EU ADVISOR, DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS

BRANDON LOCKE

EU POLICY AND ADVOCACY MANAGER, ONE

Q&A

PANEL 2 | 15H45 - 16H25

COVID-19 IMPACT ON VACCINATION CAMPAIGNS AND ILLNESSES TREATMENTS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

CHAIR

CHARLES GOERENS MEP

RENEW EUROPE COMMITTEE ON DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR AND MEMBER OF THE EP ACP-EU JPA

SPEAKERS

MARIJKE WIJNROKS

CHIEF OF STAFF, THE GLOBAL FUND TO FIGHT AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA

GABRIELLA FESUS

HEAD OF UNIT, SOCIAL INCLUSION & PROTECTION, HEALTH & DEMOGRAPHY, DG INTPA

MATTEO ZIGNOL

UNIT HEAD, PREVENTION, DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT, CARE AND INNOVATION,

GLOBAL TUBERCULOSIS PROGRAMME, WHO

Q&A

CLOSING REMARKS | 16H25-16H30

CHARLES GOERENS MEP

RENEW EUROPE COMMITTEE ON DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR AND MEMBER OF THE EP ACP-EU JPA



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