The moonshot of eliminating cervical cancer is within reach

Princess Dina Mired, UICC President (2018-2020) with cancer advocates and Dr Tedros, DG of WHO, and H.E. Margaret Kenyatta, First Lady of Kenya, at Walk the Talk, Geneva, 2019. Photo by Thomas Omondi.
18 January 2022

For the first time in history, an end is in sight – but vaccines for the HPV virus play a critical role. Opinion article by UICC's Immediate Past President, HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, in The Telegraph.

A little more than a year after the World Health Organization led a push to eliminate a cancer for the first time in human history, the increased availability of HPV vaccines has the potential to ensure that hundreds of thousands of women do not become infected and die.

Driven by a global strategy, for the first time in history, the elimination of cervical cancer – which is predominantly caused by the Human Papilloma Virus – is not only feasible but there are models on how to do it. But for that to happen, getting vaccines, especially to the whole cadre of teenagers and young adults, is critical.

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Tuesday 18 January 2022