International Symposium on Vaccination



One of the greatest achievements of modern medicine, vaccines have been proven to save millions of lives and protect millions more from getting sick each year. From the introduction of the first successful smallpox vaccine in the late 18th century to the more recent 21st century development of the HPV vaccine, immunisation has been the driving force behind the eradication of a number of once deadly diseases.

And yet there are parts of the world where access to vaccines is still not a given and other corners of the globe where vaccines are readily available but subject to unfounded skepticism and mistrust.

On Monday and Tuesday, 4 – 5 May 2020, the International Symposium on Vaccination in Vatican City will gather leading experts in the field of immunisation to highlight the relevance of vaccines for global health, explore vaccination innovation and access, and, above all, analyse methods for boosting vaccine confidence at a time when fringe science deniers are amplified by social media. The objective of this special collaboration of the World Medical Association (WMA), the German Medical Association (GMA), the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAL) and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS), is to send a clear message to the world about the necessity and the life-saving potential of vaccines.

The International Symposium on Vaccination will take place in the exquisite Casina Pio IV, located at the heart of the Vatican Gardens inside the walls of the Vatican City.

Priority registration is now open exclusively to all WMA members and observers until 15 January 2020. After that, registration will be open to other interested experts. Space is very limited. The deadline for early bird registration at a reduced rate of 350 Euros for the conference and 300 Euros for the social program is 13 March 2020.

Registration is required to participate in all events, including the social program, and will be considered complete only upon receipt of the corresponding form and registration fee.

A separate social program, which will also be open to accompanying persons, will include a tour and a dinner on the grounds of the Vatican on Monday, 4 May, following the conference sessions. Participation in the social program will be subject to an additional fee. Tickets are very limited and participation will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Further details will be announced in due time.

To pass the border into the Vatican City, you will need a valid ID and conference badge. Further information regarding security and access points will be provided to all registered attendees at a later date.



  • When

  • Monday, May 4, 2020 - Tuesday, May 5, 2020
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Where

  • Casina Pio IV
    Vatican City
    Vatican City State (Holy See)

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