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COVID-19 Vaccines: Combating Misinformation

01/27/21     ,

How are misconceptions about vaccination—and the COVID-19 vaccines in particular—amplified and promulgated? What are effective strategies for combating misinformation to overcome vaccine hesitancy, especially in vulnerable populations? How can journalists and other science communicators more effectively articulate the benefits and risks of vaccination while maintaining their objectivity and integrity?

Please join our distinguished panel on Wednesday, January 27 at noon EST for an engaging conversation on one of the most urgent priorities facing the Biden administration: vaccinating our population against COVID-19. The event is organized by the Pulitzer Center and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute


  • Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

  • Heidi Larson, anthropologist and director of the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and author of STUCK: How Vaccine Rumors Start–and Why They Don’t Go Away.

  • Carol Tavris, social psychologist and co-author of Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts.


  • Lauran Neergaard, medical writer, the Associated Press.

We welcome your questions, both during the event and beforehand. Questions can be submitted in advance to

To register for this event, click here.