Half day eventIn Ottawa, ON
  • November 10, 20205:30pm - 7:30pm
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As of 15 September, there were 29,155,581 confirmed cases of the SARS COVID-19 virus around the world, including 926,544 deaths (according to the World Health Organization). As the pandemic enters its 9thmonth, scientists around the world continue work to understand how the virus operates and why it affects many people differently. Meanwhile biochemists race to develop an antidote to the virus, which will likely come in the form of a vaccine. 

Vaccine hesitancy – the fear of being inoculated with a vaccine – is not a new phenomenon, but one that has grown in popularity in recent years, particularly during the SARS COVID-19 pandemic. Some scholars link the rise in vaccine hesitancy – also known as the anti-vax movement – with a decrease in trust of government and declining rates of scientific literacy.  

This panel will explore how vaccines are made and the ethical questions that arise from rushing a vaccine and mandating inoculations. 

Learn more about the full Policy Crunch series.

Moderator: 

Eric Meslin, President and CEO, Council of Canadian Academies

Panel: 

Alice Fleerackers, freelance writer, a researcher at the Scholarly Communications Lab, a Science in Society Editor at Science Borealis, and the Research Officer at Art the Science

Pascal Michel, Chief Science Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada

TBA

Format:

5:30PM - E-Networking and Engagement

6:00PM - Panel + Q&A

7:00PM - Small group discussions with panelists

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Alice Fleerackers

Alice Fleerackers

freelance writer, a researcher at the Scholarly Communications Lab, a Science in Society Editor at Science Borealis, and the Research Officer at Art the Science

Alice Fleerackers is a freelance writer, a researcher at the Scholarly Communications Lab, a Science in Society Editor at Science Borealis, and the Research Officer at Art the Science. She is also the child of two very loving vaccine hesitant parents—parents who raised her to fear, doubt, and distrust the science behind immunization. This personal experience continues to inform her research as a doctoral student at Simon Fraser University, where she is studying how uncertain health science is communicated online.

Eric Meslin

Eric Meslin

President and CEO, Council of Canadian Academies

Panel moderator

Pascal Michel

Pascal Michel

Chief Science Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada

Dr. Pascal Michel is the Chief Science Officer of the Public Health Agency of Canada. He is mainly responsible for overseeing and leading excellence and innovation in Agency science as well as to provide corporate leadership on science-policy issues. Dr. Michel has a doctoral degree in veterinary medicine (University of Montreal), a Master in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (University of California) and a Ph.D. in epidemiology (University of Guelph).

Dr. Michel has held various cross-appointments with the academia. He has also co-founded a multi-sectoral research centre on zoonotic diseases and decision sciences, and built long lasting relationships at the United Nations in relation to the role of space technologies to improve global health outcomes.