Over 100 scientists from different countries have joined hands to tackle the issue of misinformation surrounding Covid-19 vaccines.
These scientists have come together under Team Halo, an initiative undertaken by the United Nations (UN) in collaboration with The Vaccine Confidence Project at the University of London
The initiative aims to tackle misinformation by sharing information on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines via social media.
These scientists are producing creative, social media-friendly videos on Covid-19 vaccine science, personal experiences and reactions to information on the COVID-19 vaccine.
Team Halo is being supported by scientists from the world’s top institutes like Imperial College London, Harvard Medical School, University of Sao Paulo, University of Barcelona and many more.
These institutes are involved in the research and making of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Over 22 Indian scientists from the Institute of Medical Sciences and Sum Hospital, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences, IIT Indore, Christian Medical College, SRM Research Institute, and Deep Children’s Hospital and Research Centre are now part of this initiative.
Gagandeep Kang, professor of microbiology at the Christian Medical College in Vellore said his team is excited about revealing the story of the search for the Covid-19 vaccine before the public.
Team Halo India will also allow scientists to respond to questions from the public and directly counter misinformation on the vaccine now viral on the internet.
It will also act as a platform for communication between scientists working on Covid-19 vaccines and citizens of different countries.