Hopes pinned on COVID-19 Vaccine: The end of the pandemic?
After plenty of pandemic related bad news, 2020 ended on a positive note: the world has a vaccine! Vaccines are amongst the greatest public health achievements in history and have saved countless lives. Smallpox has been eradicated, polio is on its way out and now hopes are the COVID-19 vaccine will help end this pandemic for good. Following the safety and efficacy assessment of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the European Commission has authorised conditional marketing for two vaccines, assuring that they meet EU standards. This could be the happy ending of a dreadful chapter in history, but enough people need to be vaccinated for herd immunity and a consequent return to the “old normality”. Anti-vaccine movements as well as misinformation about the vaccine pose threats to this way out of the pandemic.
- How can we ensure the free decision to be vaccinated is based on fact-checked information?
- How can health-related misinformation be stopped from spreading?
- What is the role of public authorities in the vaccination campaign?
- How does social media influence your thoughts on vaccination?
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