Myths and facts on vaccination

Since vaccines have eliminated and reduced most vaccine-preventable diseases, people tend not to remember just how devastating these lifethreatening diseases can be. Vaccination is the most cost-effective medical intervention ever introduced and, together with clean water and sanitation, it has eliminated many infectious diseases that once killed millions of people. A report of the World Health Organization states that
today vaccines prevent 2,5 millions deaths per year. Every minute five lives are saved by vaccines worldwide.

Communication is crucial, sharing and explaining scientific insights are of critical importance. Good researchers will tell the truth, even if their findings are different from what they had anticipated or hoped. Breakthrough advances in medical knowledge happen through years of dedicated research conducted by many researchers across numerous studies.

Scientists want to share their insights with you and will inform you about what they think needs to be done in order to deal with the threat of non-vaccination to global health and mankind.

VAXVOX and the European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations invite members of the press to join us in a virtual event, part of the #WOHC2020 virtual edition.

Access is free of charge but registration is required.

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Programme TUESDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2020

VIRTUAL EVENT Chaired by Prof. Pierre Van Damme, University of Antwerp, Belgium and Prof. Andrew Pollard, Oxford Children’s Hospital, UK

13:00 – 13:25 What vaccination means for mankindProf. Pierre Van Damme, University of Antwerp, Belgium.
13:25 – 13:50 What are immunization programmes? An overview and state
of the art in countries.
Dr. Siddartha Sankar Datta, WHO Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark. 13:50 – 14:15 How is a vaccine included in immunization programmes?
What is the procedure?
Prof. Andrew Pollard, Oxford Children’s Hospital, UK.
14:15 – 14:40 COVID-19 vaccine: update and state of the art.
Prof. Ab Osterhaus, RIZ Hannover, Germany.
14:40 – 15:00 What needs to be done? Where do we fail?
Prof. Pierre Van Damme, University of Antwerp, Belgium.
15:00 – 15:30 FIRE AWAY SESSION: you ask away, our panel responds.

For more information, contact
Ms. Chris Vanlangendonck
mobile: +32 475 81 38 59