Why is immunisation important for public health?
Immunisation or vaccination is important for public health because it's a preventive tool so you're not getting sick in the first place I think that's the first thing.
The second thing is that it can be applied to all ages. You can have vaccines for infants adolescents, or the older adults.
Maybe the third point is when you get vaccinated, you are protected, but if enough people in the community get vaccinated, it stops the spread of the disease. So these are two really important elements in terms of public health.
What is the best way of ensuring that people who need vaccinations have access to them?
I think first, people have to know about vaccines and vaccination.
Everyone knows that small children have to be vaccinated, but I think it's less known that there are recommendations to vaccinate, pregnant women, or adolescents or new vaccines for older adults so it's important that people actually know.
The second thing is in terms of access.
Every county organises vaccination differently so there are different distribution channels, different reimbursement schemes, and people have to know how to make access to vaccines, I think this is important.
What excites you the most about vaccination in the future?
What really excites me is that the technology has really advanced, so we have new tools to develop new vaccines and that is true for the industry, but also for people in academia.
So there are great efforts to develop new vaccines for pregnant women, for babies; there's some infectious diseases out there which we would like to protect with vaccines, but as the population ages, vaccines for older adults becomes more and more important.
So vaccines at all ages is essentially what excites me.