Speaking at the Global Vaccine Summit, Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, said: "In the future, as in the past, the European Union will be a key ally in the global effort for immunisation... A significant part of EU aid – over one fifth - goes to social sectors. This means that half a billion a year goes to health initiatives, because that is where it makes a real difference for our partners."
Barroso added: "The impressive results that have been achieved over the years in polio eradication are an excellent example for the comprehensive division of labour between us and our partners. Government efforts, public and private donors have all made this possible, with the European Union contributing substantially. Broader policies to address the broader social issues that impact health are indispensable to make specific immunisation campaigns effective and sustainable."