The Working Group targets to establish the understanding and provide the evidence that vaccinations for all ages against all vaccine preventable diseases are the main strategy to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, minimize the danger of other disease outbreaks in the middle of a pandemic, and to build herd immunity against a number of diseases protecting the vulnerable members of society, allowing the health system to build up their capacity, protect their resources and stay focused to address the current emerging pandemic of COVID-19.


Prof. Sir Terence Stephenson, University College London (UK)


Virtual: Thursday 3rd December 2020 (11:00-13:00 CET)



  • Briefing 1: Health System Resilience: What Are We Talking About?
    Prof. Johan von Schreeb, Karolinska Institute (SE)
  • Briefing 2: Shifting the Paradigm: Using Disease Outbreaks to Build Resilient Health Systems
    Prof. Daniel Bausch, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (UK)

Discussion Points 

  • Discussion Point 1: Life Course Vaccinations are a Cornerstone of Health System Resilience. What must be done from a policy perspective to secure prioritisation of vaccinations in healthcare budgets in the COVID-19 era?
  • Discussion Point 2: Closing the Gap of the Missing Adult Vaccinations by Tackling Low Funding and Lack of Guidance. Should children and the elderly be the target or is the value of adult and adolescent vaccines too important to ignore?


  • Francisco Gimenez-Sanchez, Balmis Institute of Vaccines (ES)
  • Prof. Timo Vesikari, Vaccine Research Center (FI)
  • Daphne Holt, Coalition for Life-Course Immunisation (CLCI)
  • Aubrey Cunnington, Imperial College London (UK)

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