COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination

The development and rapid deployment of vaccines against COVID-19 represent a fundamental step towards ending the pandemic, protecting health systems and helping to restore global economies.

Equitable access to vaccination against COVID-19 is key to ending the pandemic, because no country is safe from this disease until all are safe. Within the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT Accelerator), WHO and partners, together with vaccine manufacturers, created the COVAX Facility, aiming to accelerate equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines in participating countries around the world.

Until we are all protected through vaccination, we will need to continue to protect ourselves and our communities from this deadly virus by washing hands, keeping a safe distance and wearing a mask as needed.

This section includes information on the development and deployment of COVID-19 vaccines in the WHO European Region. It also brings together WHO operational guidance, tools and trainings for countries to prepare for and implement successful COVID-19 vaccination programmes and sustain routine immunization services during the pandemic.

COVID-19 pandemic – regional updates

COVID-19 pandemic – global updates