For Immediate Release: August 11, 2020
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TOMORROW: Chelsea Clinton and Clinton Foundation to host “Combating Vaccine Hesitancy: Today’s Fight Against Misinformation Online"
Wednesday's virtual program will bring together vaccine topic experts and students from around the world for a discussion on vaccine advocacy and how young people can support and promote factual health messaging during the COVID-19 pandemic. Register to watch the event live at cgiu.org/vaccinesession.
The program is a part of the Clinton Foundation’s continued focus on confronting the COVID-19 crisis through efforts to improve lives, livelihoods, remote learning, and leadership. This includes providing hundreds of thousands of meals to people in need; free books, and early learning resources to parents, caregivers, and educators; and bringing leaders together across philanthropy, public, and private sectors to continue progress against pressing global challenges amidst a pandemic.
New York, NY – On Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Chelsea Clinton and the Clinton Foundation will host vaccine topic experts and students from the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) for a discussion on vaccine advocacy and how young people can support and promote factual health messaging during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The WHO lists vaccine hesitancy as one of its top 10 global health threats. As scientists race to produce safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines in record time, we know that social media and online forums will play a vital role in its success or demise. Vaccination against deadly diseases — such as smallpox, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella — are proven public health interventions that require large-scale participation for community immunity. In the face of a growing anti-science movement and the rising momentum of misinformation online, how do we make sure everyone has access to scientifically-sound and accurate information about the importance of vaccination and other vital public health messages?
The program will include a panel discussion with Karen Ernst, executive director of Voices for Vaccines, Judy Klein, president of UnityTM Consortium: United for Adolescent and Young Adult Vaccination, and Amy Pisani, M.S., executive director of Vaccinate Your Family, as well as a one-on-one conversation with CGI U COVID-19 Student Action Fund winner Steve Arnaud Tchuenté Kayo of HEC Paris business school and co-founder of AccuroLab, a platform that provides smartphone users of vulnerable communities with an easy-to-use solution for verifying, extracting, and receiving COVID-19 related information.
Register to watch the discussion streamed live on Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. EDT at cgiu.org/vaccinesession.
This session is a continuation of CGI U’s 2020 programming which has featured conversations with national and international government and public health leaders centered around engaging young people in the fight against the COVID-19 crisis, as well as the launch of a Student Action Fund — which has distributed $100,000 of funding to 38 promising student projects aimed at fighting the COVID-19 pandemic through establishing electronic health record systems in developing nations; providing resources to help children with disabilities in need of medical supplies; promoting inclusion within medical aid by assisting minority communities; and many more.
Since March, the Clinton Foundation’s programs and partners have expanded projects to confront this crisis through efforts to improve lives, livelihoods, and remote learning. This includes providing 675,000 meals through the Clinton Presidential Center to Central Arkansas people in need; developing and distributing 100,000 free books and book bundles through Too Small to Fail to parents, caregivers, and educators; bringing leaders together across philanthropy, public, and private sectors to continue progress against pressing global challenges amid a pandemic — including preparing for an active hurricane season, combating the opioid crisis, and boosting kindergarten readiness. More information can be found at clintonfoundation.org/covid19.
About the Clinton Foundation
Building on a lifetime of public service, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation on the simple belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, everyone has a responsibility to act, and we all do better when we work together. For nearly two decades, those values have energized the work of the Foundation in overcoming complex challenges and improving the lives of people across the United States and around the world.
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