The European Commission and the World Health Organization co-hosted the world’s first Global Vaccination Summit on 12 September in Brussels.

The aim is to accelerate global action to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, and advocate against the spread of vaccine misinformation worldwide.

The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, opened the summit and called for an urgent intensification of efforts to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, that have reached the highest numbers of cases seen globally since 2006.

Both institutions urged for strong support of GAVI, the Global Vaccine Alliance, which plays a critical role in achieving the global vaccine goals in the world’s least-resourced countries.