Social Science & Vaccine Webinar Series: Webinar #2
With over 80 COVID-19 vaccine candidates now in phase 1, 2 or 3 clinical trials, social, ethical and political questions continue to emerge. Whilst vaccine trials adhere to bioethics, their everyday ethics are negotiated in the field by frontline workers engaging with communities in specific local contexts. This is especially so when research elicits local concerns that are expressed through rumours, gossip, conspiracy theories and alternative explanatory models. Building good relations between researchers and communities requires engaging with these rumours, as they articulate local interpretations of medical research ethics.
In this webinar, the second in a series on social science research related to vaccine trials, attendees will hear from social science and community engagement experts who will draw on their experiences from clinical trials during COVID-19 and past epidemics. Speakers will share and discuss issues related to everyday ethical and practical challenges in community engagement work.
MODERATOR: Prof. Shelley Lees | London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
• Mr Mahmood H. Bangura | University of Makeni & EBOVAC-Salone, Sierra Leone
• Ms Noni Mumba | KEMRI - Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya
• Dr Malina Osman | Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
• Mr Benjamin Shukuru Kasiwa | World Vision & Université Libre des Pays des Grands Lacs, Democratic Republic of the Congo