Dr C. Barbarosa: “Challenges for COVID-19 immunization”

Dr C. Barbarosa: “Challenges for COVID-19 immunization”

Dr. Barbosa noted that once a COVID-19 vaccine is finally available to the public, there will still be many challenges when it comes to distributing it across different populations.

According to him, these challenges include:

  • “ensuring equitable, timely, and sufficient access to the vaccine”
  • “addressing technical and logistic aspects” regarding vaccine development and production
  • “defining the priority groups to receive the first vaccine doses”
  • “determining the appropriate number of doses for adequate protection”

Widespread misinformation may further affect people’s trust in the COVID-19 vaccine and prevent them from getting inoculated against the new coronavirus, Dr. Barbosa also warned.

Mistrust in vaccines could also render the population more vulnerable to other preventable diseases, such as pertussis or measles.

Dr. Barbosa urged media representatives to provide information to the public based on hard scientific evidence, and to present it in a very transparent way, in order to fight current trends of misinformation.

 

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