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Parliamentary questions
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3 April 2020
Answer given by Ms Kyriakides
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000327/2020

Vaccination prevents between two and three million deaths worldwide each year(1). Vaccination is the main tool for primary prevention of disease and one of the most cost-effective public health measures available.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Commission jointly organised the Global Vaccination Summit(2) in September 2019, underlining their commitment to vaccination and issuing 10 action points(3). Vaccination remains a priority issue for the new Commission(4).

The Commission is a major funder of the WHO. In 2018-2019, it contributed EUR 150.8 million to the budget of the WHO (figure updated until third quarter of 2019). The EU is not a full member of the WHO, but has observer status. The WHO receives the mandate for its activities, including on vaccination, from its Member States through the decisions and resolutions adopted by its Governing bodies, Executive Board and World Health Assembly, thereby ensuring its impartiality. The EU participates as observer in the sessions of these bodies.

The Commission places high emphasis on assuring high immunisation rates globally and supports Member States to increase vaccination coverage rates by implementing the Council Recommendations on vaccine preventable diseases(5).

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