COVID Vaccine Webinar Series: Overcoming Vaccine Hesitancy

By Duke University – Innovations in Healthcare


Online and United States

Date & time

23 February 2021



23 February 2021


About this event

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The development of safe and effective vaccines to protect against COVID-19 offers the brightest hope of ending a pandemic that has dramatically impacted the world. But many questions remain about how vaccines will be allocated, distributed, administered and accepted in countries of all income levels. This monthly webinar series will share global perspectives on these challenges and offer timely assessment of progress in the campaign to vaccinate people around the world.

Achieving widespread coverage of COVID-19 vaccines is critical for pandemic control. Yet misinformation and concerns about the safety of these new vaccines have given rise to reluctance among many people to be vaccinated. In this webinar, we will unpack the history and drivers of vaccine hesitancy and discuss strategies to overcome vaccine concerns, including lessons learned from past disease eradication efforts. Join experts from DGHI and around the world as they explore the current state of vaccine hesitancy! 

Moderator: Dr. Michael Merson, founding director of Duke Global Health Institute; former director of WHO Diarrheal Diseases Control Program and Global Program on AIDS.


  • Dr. Thomas Denny, Chief Operating Officer of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute
  • Kaitlin Christenson, Vice president for Vaccine Acceptance and Demand at the Sabin Vaccine Institute
  • Lavanya Vasudevan, Assistant Professor at Global Health Institute at Duke University
  • Muhammad Pate, Global Director for Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank Group and Director of the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents

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