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Building community trust for COVID-19 vaccine confidence and deployment
Social Science & Vaccines Webinar Series: Webinar #3

The race to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control through vaccination has intensified, with glaring disparities in vaccine access between high- and low-income nations and within countries. While vaccines have been framed as a panacea, vaccine rollout has in some contexts been hindered by low community confidence in vaccines or institutions promoting vaccines. This raises broader issues of (mis)trust in vaccine deployment, which social scientists have long been investigating.

This third webinar in a series on vaccines by the coalition’s Social Science Working Group will hear from experts who will draw on research on vaccines and deployment during the COVID-19 pandemic and past epidemics. They will discuss issues related to political economy, experiences of vulnerability and marginality, and social justice and equity, with lessons learned for building trust to improve COVID-19 vaccination uptake.

WEBINAR OBJECTIVES:
• To discuss the context of community trust for COVID-19 vaccine deployment
• To draw on lessons learned from past vaccine deployment
• To discuss operational strategies that could ensure that a COVID-19 vaccine rollout is culturally and ethically responsive, contextually informed, and community-engaged, to build trust

MODERATED BY:
• Dr David Kaawa-Mafigiri | Makerere University, Uganda

SPEAKERS (SHORT BIOS BELOW ↓):
• Prof. Svea Closser | Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, United States
• Prof. Foong Ming Moy | University of Malaya, Malaysia
• Dr Sara Cooper | South African Medical Research Council, South Africa
• Mr Anthony Mansaray | London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Sierra Leone
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