London, May 15 (MNN) The UK government said on Saturday that it will convene the world’s first Global Vaccine Confidence Summit virtually on June 2 in an effort to drive vaccine uptake amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The summit will bring together experts in the public and private sectors to look at innovative solutions to tackle misinformation and support confidence in life-saving COVID-19 vaccines around the world, the UK Cabinet Office and the Department of Health and Social Care
Speakers at the summit will include UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Professor Heidi Larson, Founding Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project, and other international speakers to be announced on G7 social channels in the coming weeks.
The government said that misinformation continues to pose one of the biggest threats to global recovery from the pandemic by damaging perceptions of the importance, safety, and effectiveness of vaccines.
The UK is working throughout our G7 Presidency this year to improve access to coronavirus vaccines, treatments and tests around the world, and vaccine confidence is a key part of that.
The participants will discuss ways the governments, civil society and private sector – including social media companies – can tackle vaccine misinformation and amplify public health messages to improve vaccine confidence.
Nadhim Zahawi, Minister for Vaccine Deployment at the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care, said: “Vaccines are the route out of the pandemic, and nobody is safe until we’re all safe. This summit is a significant opportunity for G7 countries to come together with partners across the world to take action to maintain high levels of trust in vaccines and those that provide them.”