27 July 2021. Health Policy and Technology at 10: Session 1.1. Vaccines, Trusted Information and Fake News

To mark the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Health Policy & Technology journal, the HPT team, in partnership with the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, is launching a new online conference webinar series on key themes of national and international interest.

Each session will last 90 minutes, starting with a 1 hour international expert panel discussion, followed by short presentations based on peer-reviewed abstracts on the Conference themes.

Conference Series
The Health Policy and Technology journal at 10.
Session 1. 27 July 2021. 4pm UK time
Trusted Information and Fake News: from Vaccines to Healthy Nutrition

View a recording of the session

Within many countries the COVID-19 pandemic is entering a 3rd wave and vaccine confidence is a live issue. According to an August 2018 edition of the Economist, “Italy, France and Serbia … have lower child-vaccinations rates than Burundi, Rwanda and Senegal.” On a background of differences in regulatory approaches to COVID-19 vaccine approvals and statements critical of COVID-19 vaccine efficacy by national leaders, Belgium at one point in 2021 had received 200,000 units but had only been able to distribute 4% of their quantity due to a lack of acceptance in the general public. In contrast, the WHO notes preparedness to accept a COVID-19 vaccine of 65% in recent surveys in Less Developed Countries.

How do we ensure that valid information regarding vaccines is circulated and accepted at all levels of society both in developed and in less developed countries? How do we disentangle outright vaccine refusal from vaccine hesitancy?

The final speaker, Professor Franco Cappuccio, discusses failures to protect policies on healthy nutrition, and in particular reducing dietary sodium, from non-scientific threats. He proposes actions needed to support evidence-based public policies on dietary sodium and the significant efforts that need to be made to ensure the integrity of nutritional research and maintain public trust.

View Talk and Q & A on Failures to protect policies on healthy nutrition

Panel Moderators
• Donald Singer, Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, London
• Duane Schulthess, Vital Transformation, Brussels

• Donald Singer, Felloship of Postgraduate Medicine
• Isabelle Manneh, European Patients Forum
• Wilfred Reilly, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Kentucky State University, USA
• Franco Cappuccio, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine & Epidemiology, University of Warwick, UK


4.00pm UK time
Introduction to the HPT at 10 Conference Series
Donald Singer

COVID-19 – more than a respiratory illness
Donald Singer

Patient perspectives on vaccines
Isabelle Manneh


The politics of public trust
Wilfred Reilly, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Kentucky State University, USA


Non-scientific threats to public health policies: Nutrition and reducing dietary sodium
Franco Cappuccio Click here for abstract



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