World Immunisation Week Debate

On 2 May, a General Debate on ‘World Immunisation Week’ was held in the House of Commons chamber. Thank you to all the MPs who spoke in the debate including: Secretary of State Rory Stewart MP, Minister Harriet Baldwin MP, Dan Carden MP, Dr Philippa Whitford MP, Bambos Charalambous MP, Alistair Burt MP, Jeremy Lefroy MP, Thangam Debbonaire MP, Paul Sweeney MP, Chris Elmore MP and Chris Bryant MP.

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APPG Chair speaks to the Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph spoke to our Chair, Dr Philippa Whitford MP, to discuss the contents of our new report.

“Millions of children around the world are missing out on life-saving vaccinations because countries which were once eligible for financial support can no longer afford them.

The widespread introduction of vaccinations against deadly diseases such as polio, pneumonia and measles has been widely heralded as a game changer, saving an estimated 10 million lives between 2010 and 2015 according to the World Health Organization.

But a new report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Vaccinations for All has highlighted how progress on the introduction of vaccines has stalled in recent years, with nearly 20 million children in 2017 failing to receive all 11 of the routine childhood vaccinations recommended by the WHO.”

Read the full article in the Telegraph here. 

Call for written evidence

The APPG on Vaccinations for All is launching an inquiry to assess the reasons for low and stalling immunisation rates and the role of the UK in ensuring all children receive all 11 World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended vaccines. It is hoped that the resulting report will build political will within the UK towards continued UK support for immunisation, key multilateral immunisation institutions and civil society organisations in driving progress towards equitable and sustainable delivery of vaccinations for all.

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Why vaccinations are essential for all

This article was written by Dr Philippa Whitford MP. Dr Philippa Whitford is the Member of Parliament for Central Ayrshire and was previously a Consultant Breast Surgeon in Kilmarnock. Dr Whitford is the Chair of the APPG Vaccinations for all. 

With the impact of this winter’s influenza outbreak on all four UK NHS systems, attention has turned to the  falling uptake of the flu vaccine and gives us the opportunity to consider vaccination in general. Immunisation is one of the most cost-effective ways to prevent illness and is up there with clean water and antibiotics in contributing to the reduction in infectious diseases and death, particularly among children, across the world. Improving health is a benefit in itself but has also been shown to improve economic development in poorer countries.

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