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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. 

Details

Date:
4 February
Time:
20:00 - 22:00

Venue

Café De Troubadour
Peperstraat 19
Groningen, Groningen 9711PC Netherlands
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