Despite the rapid development of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, resistance to immunization threatens to prolong the arc of the pandemic globally. The drivers of vaccine concern are both vast and population-specific, ranging from misinformation and media manipulation campaigns to historical legacies of medical exploitation among marginalized communities. As such, responses must be intentional, data-driven, and account for the full spectrum of motivations that may prompt resistance to immunizations. Addressing a truly multidisciplinary challenge, efforts to build vaccine confidence require engagement from an array of key stakeholders, including civil society, government officials, academics, and the private sector. Join us on Thursday, April 8th from 9:00 - 10:30 AM EST for a timely discussion on the global implications of vaccine concern, sociotechnical drivers of resistance, and strategies for increasing vaccine confidence among the most vulnerable communities.
Senior Fellow, Global Health Policy Center, CSIS
Katherine E. Bliss brings her expertise in the social sciences, Latin American studies, and international relations to her work analyzing U.S. government support for health programs in low- and middle-income countries. She is particularly interested in how political and cultural perspectives shape approaches to such global health challenges. At CSIS, Katherine has previously served as deputy director and senior fellow within the Americas Program, where she led work on challenges to regional and human security in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is currently directing the work of the CSIS-LSHTM High-Level Panel on Vaccine Confidence and Misinformation and leads the immunization and primary health care-focused activities within the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security.