Promises and Perils of a COVID-19 Vaccine
Saturday, September 5, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
Dr. Robin Wolfe Sheffler, Dr. Yolonda Wilson, Elise A. Mitchell
"Researchers across the globe are busily working to manufacture a vaccine that will halt the devastating spread of the novel coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, twenty-six vaccine candidates are now in clinical evaluation. As case and mortality rates climb, a vaccine appears to many as the only way out of the pandemic. Yet vaccine development and distribution raise a number of ethical quandaries that cannot be separated from histories of medical violence and mistrust-issues that are compounded by the staggering health disparities we are already witnessing across communities of color due to economic and discriminatory practices that disproportionately put them at risk. This workshop brings together experts in history and bioethics to provide insight into these issues and to consider what opportunities vaccination might hold for restorative justice and more equitable forms of preventative care." Coming up Saturday 09/05 is the sixth of a series of workshops around the theme of "Revaluing Care in the Times of COVID-19". Dr. Farren Yero, Postdoctoral Associate in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, has put together an exciting lineup of participants: Dr. Robin Wolfe Scheffler, Associate Professor at the MIT Program in Science, Technology, and Society; Dr. Yolonda Wilson, National Humanities Center Fellow and an Encore Public Voices Fellow; and Elise A. Mitchell, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of History at New York University.