CSIS-LSHTM High-Level Panel on Vaccine Confidence and MisinformationThe 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.
Amid ongoing economic uncertainties and political tensions in the United States, plummeting confidence in a Covid-19 vaccine threatens to undermine efforts to escape the worst effects of the pandemic. The CSIS-LSHTM High-Level Panel on Vaccine Confidence and Misinformation recommends five immediate actions to bolster public trust in vaccines and ensure a smooth delivery of Covid-19 vaccines, once available.
CSIS Book Launch with Heidi J. Larson – Stuck
September 16, 2020
GHPC was joined by panel co-chair Heidi J. Larson and Bruce Gellin, President of Global Immunization at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, to celebrate the launch of Heidi’s new book, Stuck: How Vaccine Rumors Start – and Why They Don’t Go Away. Stuck examines the forces behind vaccine trust and confidence, offering a critical perspective as we anticipate the introduction of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Dr. Heidi J. Larson joins Coronavirus Crisis Update to talk about her new book, Stuck: How Vaccine Rumors Start – and Why they Don’t Go Away, a wake-up call and appeal to re-think what drives popular distrust in science and rising levels of vaccine refusal and hesitancy. How should we understand rumors, risks and uncertainty, digital wildfires, and group think as we develop a new Covid-19 vaccine?
In this episode, Renee DiResta, a prominent expert who studies malign narratives across social networks and what can be done to rebut them, walked Steve and Andrew through her thinking on why the coronavirus pandemic invites pseudoscience, government conspiracy theories, and misinformation campaigns. As the push accelerates for a vaccine for the planet, can we expect expansive misinformation campaigns and personal attacks upon those developing the solutions?