Lessons from COVID-19 vaccine introduction: The current state of behavioral & social determinants of vaccination

October 30-November 1, 2023 - Les Pensières, Center for Global Health, Veyrier-du-Lac (France)


The Mérieux Foundation Vaccine Acceptance Event Series aim at maintaining global dialogue and increase novel and multi-sectoral efforts to promote vaccination acceptance and rise resilience of
immunization programs, which faced major challenges particularly in the context of the pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19.

The erosion in vaccination trust, confidence and resilience is an increasing threat to public health and a major obstacle to the prevention of infectious diseases burden. Multi-country and intersectoral
efforts are needed to continuously foster a dialogue that promotes awareness and understanding at various levels of the society to tackle this major public health threat.

As a contribution to this critical objective, the Mérieux Foundation brought together a global audience and a panel of distinguished experts from develop and LMICs of the scientific, public health and
private sectors to discuss issues around the introduction and acceptance of vaccines.

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Day 1 Monday, October 30

Day 2 Tuesday, October 31

Day 3 Wednesday, November 1

  • 18:20-19:00

    Keynote address - Building trust in the AI epoch: challenges and opportunities for enhancing vaccine confidence and combating misinformation

    Leesa LIN

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Session 1 - Rapid fire talks of vaccine hesitance / resilience experiences from around the globe

Chair: Saad OMER

Session 2 - Understanding the impact of the pandemic on vaccine confidence and immunization: what have we learnt?

Chairs: Surani ABEYESEKERA

Session 3 - How to build public resilience to vaccine misinformation

Chairs: Richard CARPIANO

  • 14:00-14:30

    Misinformation: historical background and the importance of understanding narratives behind misinformation

    Elisabeth WILHELM

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  • 14:30-15:00

    Building resilience to vaccine misinformation

    Chris VOEGELI

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  • 15:00-15:30

    Building public resilience to vaccine misinformation

    Imran KHAN

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  • 15:30-16:00

    Social Media-based interventions to increase vaccine uptake

    Saad OMER

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  • 16:00-16:30

    Understanding gender related barriers to immunization

    Jean MUNRO

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Session 4 - AI and other tools

Chair: Oommen JOHN

  • 17:00-17:30

    Generative AI and disinformation

    Richard CARPIANO

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  • 17:30-18:00

    Digital health and task force on large language models

    Oommen JOHN

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  • 18:00-18:30

    Social listening and integrated analysis in 6 steps to generate infodemic insights: training tools

    Tina PURNAT

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Session 5 - Trust in an infodemic environment

Chairs: Tina PURNAT

  • 8:30-9:00

    How to manage the infodemic during a pandemic or an acute health event and limit its short term, middle term and long-term harms

    Tina PURNAT

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  • 9:00-9:30

    Trust in the age of COVID

    Courtney GRAY HAUPT

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  • 9:30-10:00

    Social Media networks: how to build trust

    Lucia ILLARI

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  • 10:00-10:30

    Example of maintaining trust in vaccines in Indonesia


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Session 6 - Understanding what happens in the field before designing solutions or interventions


Session 7 - Vaccine equity systems: vaccines access and demand

Chairs: Sylvie BRIAND

  • 14:15-14:45

    Vaccine equity & demand: Covax stockpiles

    Sylvie BRIAND

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  • 14:45-15:15

    How to achieve global equity between vaccines demand & supply

    Hannah KETTLER

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  • 15:15-15:45

    Return on Investment in vaccine demand interventions

    Sachika OZAWA

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  • 15:45-16:45

    Vaccine confidence & demand: progress and barriers among US healthcare workers

    James LEE

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