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CGI U Virtual Discussion – Combating Vaccine Hesitancy: Today’s Fight Against Misinformation

CGI U Virtual Discussion – Combating Vaccine Hesitancy: Today’s Fight Against Misinformation

Aug 14, 2020

The WHO lists vaccine hesitancy as one of its top 10 global health threats. As scientists race to produce safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines in record time, we know that social media and online forums will play a vital role in its success or demise. Vaccination against deadly diseases — such as smallpox, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella — are proven public health interventions that require large-scale participation toward community immunity. In the face of a growing anti-science movement and the rising momentum of misinformation online, how do we make sure everyone has access to scientifically-sound and accurate information about the importance of vaccination and other vital public health messages?

In this session, panelists will discuss the importance of vaccine advocacy and how young people can support and promote factual health messaging during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, moderated a discussion with vaccine topic experts: Karen Ernst, Executive Director of Voices for Vaccines Judy Klein, President of UnityTM Consortium: United for Adolescent and Young Adult Vaccination Amy Pisani, MS, Executive Director of Vaccinate Your Family

Chelsea also had a one-on-one conversation with CGI U COVID-19 Student Action Fund awardee Steve Arnaud Tchuenté Kayo of HEC Paris Business School and Co-Founder of AccuroLab, a platform that provides smartphone users of vulnerable communities with an easy-to-use solution for verifying, extracting, and receiving COVID-19 related information.