Health Commissioner urges Europeans to vaccinate children

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EU Commissioner for Health and Food safety Vytenis Andriukaitis gives a news conference on the Health report in Brussels, November 22, 2018.

Health Commissioner urges Europeans to vaccinate children


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The European Commissioner for Health Vytenis Andriukaitis slammed populist politicians that try to take advantage of the debate over vaccinations.

According to Andruykaitis, the debate should not be based on “fake news and misleading theories” but rational thought.

Responding to a question about the Italian government’s position on vaccination, Andriukaitis said. “My answer is simple…I am also responsible for the problem of how to save children’s lives: it does not matter whether in Lithuania or in Italy”.

“We need actions, not debates. The question to society is simple: do you want to rely on fake news or debate misleading theories or are you ready to save children’s lives?,” said Andriukaitis.

According to the Commission and the OECD, life expectancy was rising rapidly and steadily across the EU, but since 2011, the gains in life expectancy have slowed down markedly, while, large disparities in life expectancy persist not only by sex but also by socioeconomic status. As the study shows, 30-year-old men with a low level of education can expect to live about 8 years less than those with a university degree within the bloc.

Numerous researches show that up to 20% of health spending could be reallocated for better use by ensuring value for money in spending in the selection and coverage or procurement and pricing of pharmaceutics through Health Technology Assessment.

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