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Heidi Larson talks to Nicole Itano

The John Maddox Lecture: Stuck - Why Vaccine Rumours Persist and why we Need new Tactics to Manage Them

Hay Festival 2021, 

Vaccine reluctance and refusal are no longer limited to the margins of society. Debates around the necessity of vaccines, along with questions about their side effects, have gone mainstream, blending with geopolitical conflicts, celebrity causes and 'natural' lifestyles to attract a growing number of hearts and minds.

The anthropologist argues that issues surrounding vaccine hesitancy stem from people feeling left out of the conversation. She examines the social vectors that transmit vaccine rumours around the globe and how they can be addressed.

Heidi Larson is Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science and the founding director of the Vaccine Confidence Project. Heidi is in conversation with Nicole Itano, Co-ordinator for the Global Recovery Collective and former lead of the United Nations initiative, Verified, aimed at combatting COVID-19 misinformation.


Introduced by Magdalena Skipper, editor-in-chief of Nature magazine.
Heidi Larson talks to Nicole Itano