EU Commissioner Andriukaitis hits out at anti-vaccine supporters ahead of Italian elections

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An Indonesia Health Care officer prepares a vaccine for a child in Banda Aceh, Aceh, Indonesia, 12 December 2017.

EU Commissioner Andriukaitis hits out at anti-vaccine supporters ahead of Italian elections


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Answering questions during Wednesday’s College readout, the EU Commissioner for Health Vytenis Andriukaitis commented on the possibility of anti-vaccine parties in Italy could win in the country’s upcoming elections.

“People must understand, this is a simple message for everyone: vaccines work,” said Andriukaitis.

A doctor by training, Andriukaitis sent a clear message to the anti-vaccine crowd saying, “You are the ones who will be responsible if the number of the vaccinated people (in Italy) drop,..this is very dangerous for our society and for people’s lives”.

Andriukaitis also commented on the possibility of the European Medicine Agency’s (EMA) relocation from London to Amsterdam, a move that has sparked the ire of many in Italy.

“The Commission follows the decisions of the Council and prepares their implementation…they know very well the obligations, conditions. and possible consequences,” said Andriukaitis, adding, “The Commission is not responsible for the decision, but for its implementation.”

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