APPG Chair Dr Philippa Whitford MP recently worked with Mediaplanet on the 2019 Health Awareness: Value of Vaccines campaign. A printed publication was enclosed within every copy of New Scientist magazine and the content is available online here.
Inquiry: Vaccine confidence in high-income countries
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Vaccinations for All was created in 2017 in order to raise the political profile of the importance of essential immunisation around the world and within the UK.
The APPG on Vaccinations for All is conducting an inquiry into the uptake of vaccines and the increasing number of parents delaying or refusing to accept vaccines where they are readily available. The aim of the inquiry is to understand the reasons for low uptake of some childhood vaccines and what can be done to increase rates of vaccination in high-income countries such as the US, Europe and the UK. The inquiry will also consider the impact of falling uptake in high-income countries in the context of global vaccine confidence and the influence between the two. The inquiry will look to make policy recommendations for UK and international decision makers.
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.
On Tuesday 30 April, during World Immunisation Week, the APPG hosted a private roundtable for APPG members and the Department for International Development (DFID) Global Funds Team. The Global Funds Team are responsible for the overseeing DFID’s work with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).
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.
Throughout 2018, the APPG has been running an inquiry into the reasons for stalling global immunisation rates and what more needs to be done to ensure that all children are fully-immunised.
The APPG will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 17th October at 10:30am in Portcullis House.
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On Wednesday 13 June Members of Parliament debated the economic effect of vaccines in developing countries in a Westminster Hall debate led by Stephen Crabb, Conservative MP.