Measles and rubella elimination: verification process continues amid pandemic

18 August 2020

Article: 54/3306

The Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella Elimination (RVC) was established in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region in 2011. The RVC is an independent group of experts that meets each year in June to review surveillance and immunization data submitted by the national verification committees, with the aim of assessing the status of measles and rubella elimination in each country and the region as a whole.

This year, the RVC meets virtually in a series of sessions, the first of which was held on 29 June 2020. The commission reviewed submitted annual status update reports from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. The RVC verified that all countries had maintained their measles elimination status, and all countries that had previously achieved rubella elimination also maintained this status. The commission based its conclusions on: 

  • routine and supplemental immunization performance 
  • measles and rubella surveillance with laboratorial and molecular epidemiology segments 
  • outbreak response 
  • activities focused on advocacy, communication and health literacy of the population and health-care workers 
  • commitment of stakeholders to the elimination goal

Once the reports from all 53 countries have been reviewed, the full ninth RVC meeting report, with conclusions on elimination status in the region and country-specific recommendations, will be published.

Source: WHO European Region, 13 August 2020