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‘The International Vaccine Debate’ by Prof. Louise Gunning-Schepers
4 February at 20:00 - 22:00
“Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn’t feel good and changes – AUTISM. Many such cases!” – Donald Trump, President of the US
“We will keep going because I believe that 10 mandatory vaccinations are useless, and in many cases dangerous if not harmful.” – Matteo Salvini, Deputy Prime Minister of Italy
For those who have been following the ‘anti-vaxx’ movement online, comments like these sound more akin to uninformed facebook posts, than to comments made by leaders of governments. The ‘controversy’ surrounding vaccines has existed for a couple of decades, starting with the publication of a now-debunked paper in 1998. However, in the past few years, with the rise of the internet and a growing skepticism towards science, the ‘anti-vaxx’ movement has ballooned. Measles outbreaks in Italy, the Netherlands, and the United States all point in the same direction: that this is no longer only a small internet conspiracy, but an actual problem which has real-world consequences. Thus the question remains: How did we get here? Since when has it become mainstream to deny science?
To talk to us about these issues, Prof. Louise Gunning-Schepers will join us on 4 February. She is a professor of Medical Ethics at the University of Amsterdam, President-Commissioner of the Schiphol Group, and Crown member of the Social-Economic Council (SER). She has written extensively on the subject of vaccine skepticism, both in scientific publications and in national newspapers.
This event is free and open to everyone.