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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - April 2020

Newsletter - April 2020

  1. Editorial
  2. EUPHA update
  3. European Public Health Week
  4. European Public Health Conference
  5. EUPHA members update
  6. European Journal of Public Health
  7. Call for proposals, job opportunities
  8. Interesting news
  9. Upcoming courses and conferences
  10. Interesting publications
  11. European Commission news
  12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
  13. WHO news

1. Editorial

Welcome to the April newsletter of EUPHA. We hope you are keeping well.

In this newsletter we present the latest COVID-19 updates. The countdown to the European Public Health Week (11-15 May 2020) has started and an important decision has been made for the World Congress on Public Health: the congress will go virtual. Furthermore, this month we welcomed a new institutional member: Department of Medicine and Department of Health Sciences, European University Cyprus.

Wishing you a pleasant reading and stay safe,
Dr Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA president and Dr Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA executive director 

2. EUPHA update

EUPHA statement on Combatting COVID-19: the importance of sharing knowledge to create a comprehensive and publicly available evidence-base

The COVID-19 outbreak is affecting everyone worldwide, and policymakers, scientists and practitioners are exploring uncharted territory while trying to get to grips with this new virus. Especially in such times of great uncertainty, building on up-to-date and accurate information is crucial. Therefore, EUPHA released a statement on the importance of sharing data, research outcomes and experiences to build a common, growing body of intelligence. A comprehensive and publicly available evidence-base is key when battling the outbreak and saving lives.

E-collection: Ageing and health

The ageing of the population, occurring worldwide, leads to increased prevalence of chronic diseases and disability, yet, at the same time it offers opportunities for long and healthy lives for people. This can be seen from two perspectives: on the one hand, people live longer and to a large extent healthier. Many people can work longer, travel for leisure and practice sports. On the other hand, the current COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us that older people are especially in need of protection as they are more vulnerable to illness and diseases. The e-collection Health and ageing lists scientific peer-reviewed papers on healthy ageing that are published in the European Journal of Public Health in the past three years. The e-collection is accompanied by an editorial describing the policy links and summarising the evidence.
This e-collection is supported by EUPHA as part of the activity to support its member, the Croatian Public Health Association. During the first half of 2020 Croatia holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. On the presidency's agenda is healthy ageing. With this e-collection EUPHA and the Croatian Public Health Association present the evidence-base on health and ageing.

EUPHA Health Workforce Research Section Online Mid-term Conference,18-19 June 2020

How to make a future health workforce happen? The renewed online programme is now available.

3. European Public Health Week

Countdown to the European Public Health Week (11-15 May 2020)!

Host an event: Is your country on the EUPHW calendar yet?

Deadline extended! You can submit your activity by 6 May. 

We prepared a 10-step guide for webinar hosts including tips to disseminate any kind of event

If you have registered an event, make sure your event summary describes how others can register and find you. 

Spread the word

Join events

  • Lectures, webinars, movie screenings, cooking or workout classes & much more! Pick your diary and note down the events you want to join between 11 and 15 May, in multiple languages. Make sure you register or ask your event host for information
  • Don’t miss the kick-off webinar “Joining forces for healthier populations” on 11 May 9:30-11:00 CEST with a rich panel of 11 Speakers from European public health organisations. Register here

More information
Contact Débora Miranda at or visit

4. European Public Health Conference

16th World Congress on Public Health moved into VIRTUAL Congress

These are unprecedented times that require unprecedented measures. The coronavirus pandemic is having its repercussions on the way the international scientific community is organizing its meetings as well. The nationwide lockdowns imposed on many countries have already required the cancellation or postponement of several global congresses. It is in this light that the Congress Management Committee (CMC) has decided to move the 16th World Congress on Public Health (WCPH) into a virtual congress to be held 12 – 17 October 2020. What this entails for all planned congress activities will be discussed in the coming weeks. We will inform you as soon as we have more information.
As a leading public health event, we cannot risk spreading the Covid-19 virus further by physically bringing people together in one congress venue in October. The CMC sees the virtual congress not as a limited event of webinars but as an engaging event with integrated live streams and pre-recorded sessions, Q&As, live polling, and networking. It will make the virtual event come to life, offering a virtual exhibition area, interactive e-learning classrooms, interaction with other participants through chat boxes, and social events.

When the WCPH actually takes place in October it is more relevant than ever. As the world confronts the coronavirus, the sharing of knowledge becomes ever more important, and the WCPH is the place to do it. A dedicated Covid-19 track will be featured, covering the latest on epidemiology, surveillance, policies and impact of control measures. But we will also focus on other pressing challenges: climate change, food and water supply, poverty and inequalities. The theme of the congress remains unchanged: ‘Public Health for the Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy, and Action’. We hope to provide you with more news on our website in the coming weeks.

Abstract submission results postponed
We will inform our abstract submitters by mid-May about the new format of the congress and what it entails for their presentation. This applies to all types of abstracts: single presentation, workshops and pre-conferences. We remain committed to publish accepted abstracts in the Abstract Supplement of the European Journal of Public Health.

We received reports that a conference on Public Health, Epidemiology and infectious Diseases is organized in Rome in October by The Experts Meet. We would like to point out that we, as organizers of the 16th World Congress on Public Health, are in no way involved in this event.

5. EUPHA members update

Position statement COVID-19 crisis by German Society of Medical Sociology

The Germany Society of Medical Sociology has issued a position statement regarding the COVID-19 crisis. You can find the statement in the link.

New institutional member: Department of Medicine and Department of Health Sciences, European University Cyprus

We are happy to welcome the Department of Medicine and Department of Health Sciences, European University Cyprus into our network. 
The Department of Medicine aims to educate medical students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in accordance with the highest professional standards; to train competent and caring physicians to practice patient-centered medicine of the highest standard; and to identify and answer fundamental questions in the mechanisms, prevention and treatment of disease, in health care delivery and in the basic biomedical sciences.

6. European Journal of Public Health

Volume 30, Issue 2, April 2020

How can evidence and strategies influence policies?
Pekka Puska
Prevention policy: good news and bad news from France
François Alla, Linda Cambon

Education level and hospitalization for ambulatory care sensitive conditions: an education approach is required
Alessandra Buja, Marco Fonzo, Milena Sperotto, Elisa De Battisti, Tatjana Baldovin, Silvia Cocchio, Patrizia Furlan, Mario Saia, Maria Luisa Scapellato, Guido Viel, Vincenzo Baldo, Chiara Bertoncello
Constructing data-derived family histories using electronic health records from a single healthcare delivery system
Maya Leventer-Roberts, Ilan Gofer, Yuval Barak Corren, Ben Y Reis, Ran Balicer
The organizational domain in HTA reports: towards a technology-oriented assessment
Pasquale Cacciatore, Maria Lucia Specchia, Maria Giuliana Solinas, Walter Ricciardi, Gianfranco Damiani
Geographical variation in palliative cancer care in a tax-based healthcare system: drug reimbursement in Denmark
Cecilie Daugaard, Mette Asbjoern Neergaard, Anne Høy Seemann Vestergaard, Mette Kjærgaard Nielsen, David C Goodman, Søren P Johnsen
Assessment of technical efficiency of public hospitals in Turkey
Aziz Küçük, Volkan Soner Özsoy, Dursun Balkan
Assessing volume and variation of low-value care practices in the Netherlands
Rudolf Bertijn Kool, Eva Wilhelmina Verkerk, Jill Meijs, Niels van Gorp, Martijn Maessen, Gert Westert, Wilco Peul, Simone van Dulmen
Barriers and opportunities for prolonging working life across different occupational groups: the SeniorWorkingLife study
Lars L Andersen, Per H Jensen, Emil Sundstrup
Mortality among Italian male workers in the construction industry: a census-based cohort study
Gianfranco Alicandro, Paola Bertuccio, Gabriella Sebastiani, Carlo La Vecchia, Luisa Frova
Favourable changes in physical working conditions and the risk of all-cause sickness absence: a pseudo-experimentRahman Shiri, Aapo Hiilamo, Olli Pietiläinen, Minna Mänty, Ossi Rahkonen, Tea Lallukka
Night work and risk of ischaemic heart disease and anti-hypertensive drug use: a cohort study of 145 861 Danish employees
Ann D Larsen, Reiner Rugulies, Johnni Hansen, Henrik A Kolstad, Åse Marie Hansen, Harald Hannerz, Anne Helene Garde
Impact of antibiotic consumption on the carriage of antibiotic-resistant bacteria by school children
Maja Farkaš, Tatjana Čulina, Jadranka Sišul, Gordana Pelčić, Martina Mavrinac, Vladimir Mićović, Arjana Tambić Andrašević
Educational differences in acute infectious diseases in the Netherlands: results from a nationwide health survey
Brechje de Gier, Marieke Houben - van Herten, Ellen Uiters, Susan J M Hahné
The Dutch influenza vaccination policy and medication use, outpatient visits, hospitalization and mortality at age 65
Tom Van Ourti, Nicolas Bouckaert
Rotavirus vaccination impact, Ireland, implications for vaccine confidence and screening
Heather E Burns, Abigail M Collins, Una B Fallon, Paul V Marsden, Caitlin M Ni Shuilleabhain
Knowledge and beliefs on vaccines among a sample of Italian pregnant women: results from the NAVIDAD study
Fabrizio Bert, Elena Olivero, Paola Rossello, Maria R Gualano, Silvana Castaldi, Gianfranco Damiani, Marcello M D’Errico, Pamela Di Giovanni, Maria P Fantini, Leila Fabiani,Giovanni Gabutti, Ilaria Loperto, Marina Marranzano, Giuseppe Masanotti, Nicola Nante, Annalisa Rosso, Raffaele Squeri, Carlo Signorelli, Roberta Siliquini, Collaborating Group
Does country-level gender equality explain individual risk of intimate partner violence against women? A multilevel analysis of individual heterogeneity and discriminatory accuracy (MAIHDA) in the European Union
Anna-Karin Ivert, Enrique Gracia, Marisol Lila, Maria Wemrell, Juan Merlo
Gender differences in treatment with antidepressants during first weeks of a sick-leave spell due to depressive episode
Wilco Perini, Irene G M van Valkengoed, Marieke B Snijder, Ron J G Peters, Anton E Kunst
The effect of prenatal maternal physical activity and lifestyle in perinatal outcome: results from a Greek study
Maria G Babili, Charalampia Amerikanou, Efstathia Papada, Georgios Christopoulos, Chara Tzavara, Andriana C Kaliora
The decline in physical activity in aging people is not modified by gender or the presence of cardiovascular disease
Retze J Achttien, Jan van Lieshout, Michel Wensing, Maria Nijhuis-van der Sanden, J Bart Staal
Impact of physical activity, protein intake and social network and their combination on the development of frailty
Sandra Haider, Igor Grabovac, Deborah Drgac, Christine Mogg, Moritz Oberndorfer, Thomas Ernst Dorner
A comparison of European countries FBDG in the light of their contribution to tackle diet-related health inequalities
Elena Carrillo-Álvarez, Hilde Boeckx, Tess Penne, Imma Palma Linares, Berénice Storms, Tim Goedemé
Pilot evaluation of an interactive multimedia platform to provide nutrition education to Portuguese adolescents
José Maria Tallon, Raquel Saavedra Dias, Aldo Matos Costa, Janine Narciso, Ana Barros, António José Silva
The contribution of drinking culture at comprehensive school to heavy episodic drinking from adolescence to midlife
Noora Berg, Marianna Virtanen, Tomi Lintonen, Anne Hammarström
Alcohol in TV series popular with teens: a content analysis of TV series in France 22 years after a restrictive law
Boris Chapoton, Anne-Laure Werlen, Véronique Regnier Denois
The associations between unemployment at a young age and binge drinking and alcohol-related problems
Emelie Thern, Mats Ramstedt, Johan Svensson

Cost of youth tobacco-control policies in seven European countries
Teresa Leão, Julian Perelman, Luke Clancy, Laura Hoffmann, Jaana M Kinnunen, Nora Mélard, Paulien A W Nuyts, Matthias Richter, Arja Rimpelä, Vincent Lorant, Anton E Kunst
Changes in tobacco-related morbidity and mortality in French women: worrying trends
Valérie Olié, Anne Pasquereau, Frank A G Assogba, Pierre Arwidson, Viet Nguyen-Thanh, Edouard Chatignoux, Amélie Gabet, Marie-Christine Delmas, Christophe Bonaldi
European Public Health News
Maaike Droogers

7. Call for proposals, job opportunities

W2 tenure track professorship in public health evaluation at LMU Munich

Applications are invited for a W2 tenure track professorship in public health evaluation, located at the Chair of Public Health and Health Services Research at the Medical Faculty of the LMU Munich. In addition to the aspects mentioned in the call, we offer established research and policy and practice networks from local to global levels, including well-established collaborations with the City of Munich and the Bavarian State Office of Health and Food Safety and links to the WHO - in April 2020 the Chair of Public Health and Health Services Research was appointed as a WHO Collaborating Center for Evidence-based Public Health. We address a broad spectrum of topics with a focus on Complex Interventions in Complex Systems, Public Health Nutrition, Public Mental Health and Environmental Health. German language skills are helpful in view of the local public health landscape under the umbrella of the Pettenkofer School of Public Health, but not essential in view of the international orientation of our research activities.
Interested applicants can contact Prof Eva Rehfuess, Chair of Public Health and Health Services research, LMU Munich, Email

Call for stories: We want to hear your experiences with delivering mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Mental Health Innovation Network, in collaboration with the Department of Mental Health and Substance Use at the World Health Organization, is creating a blog series to share experiences of front line workers and health systems with the aim of supporting others engaged in similar work. We would like to invite you to make a submission if you are part of a team working in or with your healthcare system in delivering mental health support. This is a great opportunity to highlight Europe’s critical role in sharing mental health and social care best practices in dealing with the pandemic.
We would like to learn about:

  • the pandemic’s effect on the mental health of the general population in your area and that of your service users more specifically,
  • the challenges you have faced in providing mental health services during this time of disruption,
  • the innovations and activities you have initiated to address those challenges,
  • and any recommendations you have for other mental health and social care providers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

To make a submission please email and with the subject heading ‘Submission for mental health experiences and practices at times of service disruption’.
More detail on the call is available here in English, Spanish, Italian and French.

8. Interesting news

Connecting Communities: for COVID-19

The connecting communities newsletters including interesting news on public policies, healthcare innovations, isolation tips and more.

Pandemic parlance: public health needs new language for the coronavirus pandemic

Words matter. If officials want people to buy into lifestyle changes, they need to use more inviting terminology say Joanne Silberner and Howard Frumkin
Read the article

9. Upcoming courses and conferences

15th International Congress of Auxology - Child growth and health
27 May 2020 - 31 May 2020 / Šibenik, Croatia
Organiser: International Society for the Study of Human Growth and Clinical Auxology (ISGA)

How to make a future health workforce happen? Policy, practice and people.
18 Jun 2020 - 19 Jun 2020 / Virtual meeting
Organiser: EUPHA Health workforce research section

29th ETC-PHHP summerschool titled “People centered health promotion: empowerment, competencies and evaluation”
19 Jul 2020 - 31 Jul 2020 / Lodz, Poland
Organiser: European Training Consortium in Public Health and Health Promotion (ETC-PHHP)

5th European Summer School in Evidence-Based Public Health
20 Jul 2020 - 24 Jul 2020 / Munich, Germany
Organiser: LMU Munich and University of Liverpool

Farewell Symposium for Ingrid Felger and Hans-Peter Beck: Molecular Biology, Epidemiology and Diagnostics of Malaria
1 Sep 2020 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss TPH

16th Annual meeting and 11th conference of HEPA Europe (WHO/Europe network for the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity)
2 Sep 2020 - 4 Sep 2020 / Nice, France
Organiser: HEPA Europe

10th Europaediatrics 2020
3 Sep 2020 - 5 Sep 2020 / Zagreb, Croatia
Organiser: EPA / UNEPSA with European Confederation of Primary Care Paediatricians

Virtual Island Summit: Sharing knowledge for resilient, sustainable and prosperous islands worldwide
6 Sep 2020 - 11 Sep 2020 / Online
Organiser: Organisations of Eastern Caribbean States

5th International public mental health summer school 2020
21 Sep 2020 - 25 Sep 2020 / Porto, Portugal
Organiser: EUPHA Public mental health section and partners

Winter Symposium 2020: From Manufacturer to Patient: Reshaping Healthcare Supply Chains
1 Dec 2020 / Parterre Rialto Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss TPH

The 10th International Conference on Children's Health and the Environment
1 Dec 2020 - 3 Dec 2020 / Amsterdam, Netherlands
Organiser: INCHES

1st Conference of the Swiss Implementation Science Network (IMPACT)
21 Jan 2021 - 22 Jan 2021 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: University of Basel, Pflegewissenschaft Nursing Science, Swiss TPH

1st Conference of the Swiss Implementation Science Network (IMPACT)
21 Jan 2021 - 22 Jan 2021 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss TPH

Health Care and Management (HCM): From Research to Implementation
8 Mar 2021 - 11 Jun 2021 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

10. Interesting publications

Multilevel Modelling for Public Health and Health Services Research: Health in Context.

Alastair Leyland and Peter Groenewegen. Springer Open March 2020.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health special issue on 'Health Promotion and Sport'

A flyer with a message from the guest editors and Editor-in-Chief can be found here.

Special Issue of the Journal of Public health on 'public health ethics and the science of social justice'

The Journal of Public Health has recently published a special issue on “Public Health Ethics and the Science of Social Justice”, edited by two members of the Faculty’s Ethics Committee. The issue, which was collated prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, explains and contextualises what it means to understand ethics for, in, and of public health. The special issue’s broad approach reminds us of the importance of public health considerations within and beyond questions concerning contagious disease, and promotes understanding of how ethical deliberations feature in public health policy and practice. The press release can be found here.

The Fourth edition of the European Network for Health Technology Assessment Forum - highlights and outcomes

The European Network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA) organizes an annual Forum with stakeholders to receive feedback on its activities, processes, and outputs produced. The fourth edition of the EUnetHTA Forum brought together representatives of HTA bodies, patient organizations, healthcare professionals (HCPs), academia, payers, regulators, and industry. The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of the highlights presented at the 2019 EUnetHTA Forum, reporting the main items and themes discussed in the plenary panel and breakout sessions. The leading topic was the concept of unmet medical need seen from different stakeholders’ perspectives. Breakout sessions covered the joint production of assessment reports and engagement with payers, patients, and HCPs. Synergies, pragmatism, and inclusiveness across Member States and stakeholders were emphasized as leading factors to put in place a collaboration that serves the interest of patients and public health in a truly European spirit.

What Other Countries Can Learn From Italy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Italy has been hit very hard, with 110 574 documented cases and 13 155 documented deaths related to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection as of April 1, 2020. The number of cases and deaths cannot be explained simply because of the epidemic starting in Italy earlier compared with other countries besides China. It is important to understand why death rates were so high in Italy to learn how to best prepare and how to plan for optimal actions in other countries. Some contributing factors may be immutable (eg, age structure of the population), but even these need to be laid out carefully in preparedness assessments. Some other contributing factors are potentially modifiable.
Read the full viewpoint on JAMA Internal medicine.

Japan's HPV vaccine crisis: act now to avert cervical cancer cases and deaths

Partnering to promote public health across the Mediterranean

11. European Commission news

Coronavirus: Commission launches data sharing platform for researchers

On 20 April 2020, the European Commission together with several partners launched a European COVID-19 Data Platform to enable the rapid collection and sharing of available research data. The platform, part of the ERAvsCorona Action Plan, marks another milestone in the EU's efforts to support researchers in Europe and around the world in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

ERNs and COVID-19

In the context of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the European Commission launched the COVID-19 Clinical Management Support System (CMSS). The aim is to support doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in hospitals that are currently dealing with COVID-19 cases all over the EU, UK and the EEA countries. This system allows for professionals to communicate easily with colleagues, exchange knowledge, discuss cases and improve training, namely via webinars.

Coronavirus: Commission adopts Recommendation to support exit strategies through mobile data and apps

On 8 April 2020, the Commission recommended steps and measures to develop a common EU approach for the use of mobile applications and mobile data in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Digital tools can play an important role in the gradual lifting of containment measure when the time will be ripe for that if they are compliant with EU rules and well-coordinated. The Recommendation sets out a process towards the adoption with the Member States of a toolbox, focusing on two dimensions:
a pan-European coordinated approach for the use of mobile applications for empowering citizens to take effective and more targeted social distancing measures and for warning, preventing and contact tracing and
a common approach for modelling and predicting the evolution of the virus through anonymised and aggregated mobile location data.

Medical Devices Regulation: Commission welcomes Council support to prioritise the fight against coronavirus

23 April 2020: The European Commission welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament and the Council of the proposal to postpone by one year the date of application of the Medical Devices Regulation. This will allow all key players - Member States, health institutions and economic operators to give priority to the fight against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, forming a key position in the timing of the lifting of confinement measures as Member States return to the road of recovery.

12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 13, 02 April 2020

Rapid communication
Whole genome and phylogenetic analysis of two SARS-CoV-2 strains isolated in Italy in January and February 2020: additional clues on multiple introductions and further circulation in Europe
Only strict quarantine measures can curb the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Italy, 2020
Indications for healthcare surge capacity in European countries facing an exponential increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, March 2020
Understanding coronavirus disease (COVID-19) risk perceptions among the public to enhance risk communication efforts: a practical approach for outbreaks, Finland, February 2020
The impact of unplanned school closure on children’s social contact: rapid evidence review
Specialist laboratory networks as preparedness and response tool - the Emerging Viral Diseases-Expert Laboratory Network and the Chikungunya outbreak, Thailand, 2019

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 14, 09 April 2020

A hundred days into the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic
Rapid communication
An alternative workflow for molecular detection of SARS-CoV-2 – escape from the NA extraction kit-shortage, Copenhagen, Denmark, March 2020
Roll-out of SARS-CoV-2 testing for healthcare workers at a large NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom, March 2020
Excess cases of influenza-like illnesses synchronous with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic, France, March 2020
Increasing trends of lymphogranuloma venereum among HIV-negative and asymptomatic men who have sex with men, the Netherlands, 2011 to 2017
Author's correction
Authors’ correction for Euro Surveill. 2020;25(3)

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 15, 16 April 2020

Rapid communication
Detection of the United States urethritis clade in the United Kingdom, August and December 2019 – emergence of multiple antibiotic resistance calls for vigilance
Public health response to two imported, epidemiologically related cases of Lassa fever in the Netherlands (ex Sierra Leone), November 2019
Potential lethal outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among the elderly in retirement homes and long-term facilities, France, March 2020
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): a scoping review
SARS-CoV2 infection and primary school closure

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 16, 23 April 2020

Rapid communication
Strong associations and moderate predictive value of early symptoms for SARS-CoV-2 test positivity among healthcare workers, the Netherlands, March 2020
Clinical characteristics of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) early findings from a teaching hospital in Pavia, North Italy, 21 to 28 February 2020
Serological assays for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), March 2020
Epidemiological characteristics of the first 53 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 epidemic in Hong Kong, 13 February 2020
in national food surveillance, Slovenia, 2015 to 2017
Two multi-fragment recombination events resulted in the β-lactam-resistant serotype 11A-ST6521 related to Spain9V-ST156 pneumococcal clone spreading in south-western Europe, 2008 to 2016
European Immunization Week 2020: European Vaccination Information Portal launched

13. WHO news

Public Health Panorama, Volume 6, Issue 1, March 2020

Public Health Panorama is a peer-reviewed, bilingual (English–Russian), openaccess journal published by the WHO Regional Office for Europe. This is the latest edition Arts and health: creative solutions to complex challenges.

COVID-19 pandemic

Visit WHO Europe's COVID-19 website for latest updates and complete collection of epidemiological data, technical guidance, and protection advice.

European Immunization Week, 20-26 April 2020

Countries working to sustain population immunity to vaccine-preventable diseases during COVID-19 pandemic
27 April
Countries across the WHO European Region are utilizing guidance from WHO/Europe to include immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) as an essential health service during the current COVID-19 pandemic. WHO has called on countries to ensure that immunization is maintained wherever possible and surveillance for VPDs remains undisrupted during the ongoing pandemic.

Maintaining routine immunization services vital during the COVID-19 pandemic
20 April
Joint WHO and UNICEF press note to mark European Immunization Week 2020The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder that infectious diseases know no borders. All countries are vulnerable, regardless of income levels or the strength of their health care systems. Across the European Region, where tens of millions of people have been living in lockdown for weeks, and over 100,000 people have died, the speed and devastation of the novel coronavirus has completely upended lives.
Vaccination must be maintained during COVID-19 pandemic to be effective
20 April
Statement by Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, on the occasion of European Immunization Week 2020, We are living through an exceptional time, when every one of us has been called upon to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The COVID-19 situation in the European Region remains very concerning.

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