CSIS-LSHTM High-Level Panel on Vaccine Confidence and Misinformation

The CSIS Global Health Policy Center and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s Vaccine Confidence Project™ have launched a high-level panel of experts to address the urgent issues of vaccine hesitancy, misinformation, and national security in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis.

The panel is co-chaired by J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and GHPC Director, and Heidi J. Larson, Professor of Anthropology, Risk, and Decision Science, and Director, Vaccine Confidence Project™, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The panel’s secretariat is based at GHPC and is headed by Katherine E. Bliss, Project Director and GHPC Senior Fellow, and Michaela Simoneau, GHPC Program Manager.

Working through the spring of 2021, the CSIS-LSHTM High-Level Panel on Vaccine Confidence and Misinformation will analyze the diverse forms of vaccine hesitancy in the United States and their links to international phenomena; identify the roles social media and misinformation play in driving hesitancy and acceptance trends; examine the ways in which vaccine hesitancy and misinformation undermine national security; and articulate practical policy recommendations for managing misinformation related to demand for, and uptake of, vaccines, with an emphasis on a Covid-19 vaccine once one is available.

The panel’s work is supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the foundation.



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