In a Nutshell

Heidi Larson believes trust is the major contributing factor for global life-saving vaccine uptake; depolarizing the language around vaccines as an intervention is key.

About Heidi

Anthropologist and founding Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project at the WHO Centre of Excellence, Heidi Larson, is an internationally recognized leader working to address global vaccine hesitancy. Heidi’s research focuses on the analysis of social and political factors that can affect uptake of health interventions and influence policies. Her interest is centered on risk and rumor management from the clinical trials stage to the market delivery stage, and building public trust. Previously, Heidi led Global Immunisation Communication at UNICEF, chaired GAVI’s Advocacy Task Force, and served on the WHO SAGE Working Group on vaccine hesitancy. In addition, she served on the FDA Medical Countermeasure (MCM) Emergency Communication Expert Working Group and is Principal Investigator of the EU-funded (EBODAC) project on the deployment, acceptance and compliance of an Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone. Her current academic appointed roles include Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Associate Professor, Department of Global Health, at the University of Washington; and Fellow at the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security.

Addressing pandemic preparedness

COVID-19 is an airborne virus that has spread throughout the world, but it is not the first Pandemic nor will it be the last.

We will continue to be confronted with rapidly spreading viruses like COVID-19, and must prepare to respond appropriately and swiftly. Attention must be given to developing systems to prevent, aid, and protect us from future pandemics.

This Playlist examines multiple facets of pandemic prevention, transmission, and response,

  • addressing pandemic threats
  • global vaccine uptake
  • novel therapeutic development
  • mechanisms of viral transmission.

As a society, we may be able to more effectively act against pandemics and epidemics as they emerge.

These speakers provide insight to what has happened and what can be prevented IF the right systems are in place.