By Josephine Akaerr
Global NGO Amref Health Africa, biopharmaceutical company MSD and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) will hold a webinar for journalists to discuss the importance of vaccination, and the media’s central role in creating awareness of the value of immunization as a public health intervention.
Hosted under the theme, Vaccination in Africa: A Public Health Priority, the webinar will be a platform to educate and inform journalists on the importance of vaccination and on concepts related to immunisation in sub-Saharan Africa and around the world. The webinar will also provide current information on immunization coverage across sub-Saharan Africa, including the link with the current COVID-19 and potential future pandemics.
Although Africa has seen remarkable progress towards access to immunisation, one in five African children still lack access to all recommended life-saving vaccines.
On this backdrop, journalists will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights from scientific experts coming from different sectors on the threat of vaccine hesitancy and the media’s important function in addressing it by providing accurate information, addressing misconceptions and helping the public understand the role of vaccination as a tool for outbreak preparedness and response.