The main agenda of the global vaccination summit was to make sure that the ten actions towards vaccinations were implemented. In a document by the global vaccination summit it states that this session explored strategies for increasing vaccine confidence and improving vaccination coverage rates. The role of the media, including search engines and social networks, was highlighted. Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, European Commission, delivered a call for stakeholders to create a coalition of vaccine champions – The United Forces for Vaccination. ‘Vaccines save lives but, more than that, they are an example of humanism,’ he said. ‘We must overcome distrust in science. Every minute we do not act costs the lives of children.’
The ten actions towards vaccinations are as follows:
- Promote global political leadership and commitment to vaccination and build effective collaboration and Partnerships -across international, national, regional and local levels with health authorities, health professionals, civil society, communities, scientists, and industry- to protect everyone everywhere through sustained high Vaccination coverage rates.
- Ensure all countries have national immunisation strategies in place and implemented and strengthen its financial Sustainability, in line with progress towards Universal Health Coverage, leaving no one behind.
- Build strong surveillance systems for vaccine-preventable diseases, particularly those under global elimination and eradication targets.
- Tackle the root-causes of vaccine hesitancy, increasing confidence in vaccination, as well as designing and implementing evidence-based interventions.
- Harness the power of digital technologies, so as to strengthen the monitoring of the performance of vaccination programmes.
- Sustain research efforts to continuously generate data on the effectiveness and safety of vaccines and impact of vaccination programmes.
- Continue efforts and investment, including novel models of funding and incentives, in research, development and innovation for new or improved vaccine and delivery devices.
- Mitigate the risks of vaccine shortages through improved vaccine availability monitoring, forecasting, purchasing, delivery and stockpiling systems and collaboration with producers and all participants in the distribution chain to make best use of, or increase existing, manufacturing capacity.
- Empower healthcare professionals at all levels as well as the media, to provide effective, transparent and objective information to the public and fight false and misleading information, including by engaging with social media platforms and technological companies.
- Align and integrate vaccination in the global health and development agendas, through a renewed Immunisation agenda 2030.
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