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How to overcome vaccine hesitancy?

The PACE Sub-Committee on Public Health and Sustainable Development held a public hearing on Tuesday 9 February by videoconference on “Overcoming vaccine hesitancy: strategies for parliaments and parliamentarians”, as part of a report being prepared by Vladimir Kruglyi (Russian Federation, NR).

Participants included members of PACE, representatives of the WHO, the Danish Cancer Society, and the European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (EPF), as well as the World Vision Programme Co-ordinator for Ebola vaccine deployment, and the Head of the Council of Europe Bioethics Unit.

Participants discussed the benefits of vaccines, the factors affecting vaccine uptake and how to encourage it, the legal situation surrounding compulsory vaccination, and equity in access to vaccines.