In 2019, WHO named vaccine hesitancy one of the ten greatest threats to global health. Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, when many are pinning their hopes for a return to normalcy on an effective vaccine, understanding vaccine hesitancy takes on greater urgency and complexity. In a public bombarded by misinformation, subjected to unprecedented restrictions in the name of public health, affected by increasingly polarised/politicised debate, will COVID-19 vaccine programs gain the acceptance and trust needed to be successful? (And what will happen if they don't?)

Chair: Katherine Littler, Co-Lead, Global Health Ethics & Governance Unit, WHO HQ, Geneva


Professor Maya Goldernberg, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph, Canada     

Professor Heidi Larson, Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Professor Charles Shey Wiysonge, Director: Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council 

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