PD3 - Roundtable: Can the world afford low vaccination coverage rates? Broadening vaccination gateways through pharmacies



Vaccines are one the most effective public health interventions, second only to clean water. They save millions of lives every year around the world and provide excellent social value and return on investment for health systems. The World has seen with COVID-19 what a world without vaccines can look like, and it is a social, ethical and health imperative to improve vaccination coverage across all ages. Community pharmacists are available and committed to having an active role in vaccination strategies. This high-level roundtable will discuss how countries can expand vaccination coverage rates – particularly for adults – with a broad range of global health stakeholders.2

This event is supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Sanofi Pasteur


  1. Opening remarks 
    Dominique Jordan, FIP President 
  2. Introduction. The socio-economic value of vaccines: a sound investment
    Moderator: Catherine Duggan, FIP CEO 
  3. Developing an advocacy strategy for achieving legislative changes
    Sónia Queirós, Head of Institutional Affairs & Head of the Brussels office, National Association of Pharmacies, Portugal
  4. Round table discussion


  1. Ann Lindstrand, Unit Head of EPI , World Health Organization 
  2. Duarte Santos, President, Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union
  3. Jane Barratt, Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing
  4. Radu Costin Ganescu, European Patient Forum

Discussion topics

  • Prioritisation of prevention strategies and primary health care, including the role of community pharmacies
  • Imperative of herd immunity via high vaccination coverage rates – The case of influenza vaccination
  • COVID-19 vaccination: preparing the ground for mass vaccination.
  • Access to COVID-19 vaccines: ensuring equity
  1. Conclusions and call to action
    Catherine Duggan, FIP CEO