Lowering the vaccination rate is a threat to the lives of children in some countries, experts said in Brussels, at the first 'global vaccination summit' organized by the European Commission to fight misinformation, reports DPA.
"Children die from preventable diseases," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO).
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said members of the international community should work together to combat the spread of false vaccine information and to eliminate skepticism.
The EU and WHO have decided to organize this meeting together between the world of politics, civil society, health experts and even representatives of social networks amid growing concern about the proliferation of diseases thought to be eradicated by vaccines. , especially measles.
In Europe there were approximately 90,000 measles cases in the first half of 2019, more than in the whole of 2018, according to the WHO.
Four countries – Albania, the United Kingdom, Greece and the Czech Republic – lost measles status in 2018, and WHO warned that Europe is no longer able to complete its efforts to eradicate the preventable measles virus, but which is potentially dangerous.
"If you look at the epidemiological picture and you have no chance of reaching a rapid vaccination coverage rate, you should make the vaccination mandatory," said European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, for DPA.
"Scientific is absolutely valid," he said. "If the parents do not understand … who is responsible, we must ask who is responsible: Of course, the parliament is responsible, the government is responsible," he said.
The number of measles cases at European level has increased in recent years, from 5,000 in 2016 to 26,000 in 2017 and to 84,000 last year.