On 14–16 October 2019 the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) held a 2.5-day European Immunization Training Workshop at the Brocher Foundation site in Geneva, Switzerland.
Objectives and themes
The objective of the training workshop was to provide factual information on the state of immunization and to increase journalism skills for accurate coverage of immunization science in Europe. The training dealt with many vaccination-related topics relevant to the European context, such as basic vaccination science, the economy of vaccination, the science behind immunization strategies, vaccine hesitancy, and social media polarization.
Special guest speakers
- Fabiana Zollo (Ca’ Foscari University, International Center for the Humanities and Social Change) on the use of social media and polarization
- Emilie Karafillakis (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) on the role of culture and values in the anti-vax movement
- WHO experts Martin Howell Friede and Raymond Hutubessy on the economy of vaccination, the future of the immunization, research, and new vaccines