A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Sara Wilford about the EU Digital COVID Certificate
Interview with Dr Sara Wilford, Senior Lecturer/Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Dr Wilford’s research interests include the theory and application of computer ethics, surveillance studies and responsible research and innovation, focusing on the impact of new technologies on individuals and society. This interview ...
A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Prof. Henrique Martins about the EU Digital COVID Certificate
Interview with Henrique Martins, from ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon where he teaches management and digital health. He was the past president of SPMS, Portugal's Digital Health Agency, where he led eHealth efforts for about 7 years. How do you evaluate the EU Digital COVID Certificate and its overall infrastructure? Henrique Martins: The EU Digital COVID Certificate is ...
COVAX and the challenges of worldwide vaccine access
Vaccines are showing us a way out of the coronavirus pandemic, but vaccine access is still shockingly inequitable. Over a billion doses have been administered since December 2020, but the vast majority have gone to citizens of high-income countries. The COVAX initiative, a unique collaboration led by the Vaccine Alliance Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to combat this injustice.
A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Aurélia Nguyen about the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (Gavi)
We spoke to Aurélia Nguyen, Managing Director of the COVAX Facility at Gavi. Gavi was founded in response to a market failure: by the late 90s, many powerful vaccines were becoming available, but they were too expensive for low-income countries, and millions of children were unable to benefit from them. In 1997, the Bill and ...
A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Dr Frederik Kristensen about the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)
Dr Frederik Kristensen on COVAX: ‘The biggest mass immunisation effort in history’. He has been with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) in Norway since late 2016, initially as Senior Medical Officer, and since January 2018 as Deputy CEO. He started his career as a general practitioner, and before joining CEPI he worked as ...
ESMH Media Review – May 12, 2021
Disinformation, AI & Covid-19: check out the ESMH selection of 29 science & tech news published in the last weeks on the web.
Walter Quattrociocchi on the Infodemic and how disinformation spreads on different social media
Associate Professor Walter Quattrociocchi of the Sapienza University of Rome recently published a study called ‘The COVID-19 social media infodemic’. By analysing massive amounts of data on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Reddit and Gab, Quattrociocchi and his team assessed the global evolution of discourse for each platform and its users. For him understanding the social dynamics ...
How the coronavirus pandemic is changing us
These stressful and unprecedented circumstances we are living in due to the current pandemic have a deep internal effect on us, which is altering who we are as individuals, our relationships with others, and how we perceive our place in society. Even our brain's hippocampus may have shrunk — but are these changes in our brains and behaviour short-term effects or could they change us and society more profoundly?