How Does The World Feel About Vaccines

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Radio event in the Reading Room, David Bishop. Source: Wellcome Collection. CC BY-NC.

What you’ll do

Listen in on a recording of a BBC World Service programme to hear about the findings of a major new global survey investigating attitudes to vaccines. The Wellcome Global Monitor asked people around the world whether they think vaccines are safe, effective and important for children to have.

This programme is part of ‘The Evidence’, a series exploring the challenges our world face today. ‘The Evidence’ will be broadcast on the BBC World Service.

About your contributors

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BBC World Service


The BBC World Service is the world’s largest international broadcaster. It broadcasts radio and television news, speech and discussions in more than 40 languages to many parts of the world.

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Shaimaa Khalil


Shaimaa Khalil is an award-winning journalist who’s worked for the BBC on international news reporting for more than ten years. She currently presents the BBC World Service Radio’s morning news programme ‘Newsday’. Shaimaa has reported extensively across the Middle East and Pakistan and covered the 2016 US Election. In 2014 she won the AIB award for International Radio Personality of the Year.

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Alberto Giubilini


Alberto Giubilini is a philosopher and medical ethicist at the University of Oxford, based at the Oxford Martin School and Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities. He has worked on various topics in bioethics and public health ethics, and has recently published a book, ‘The Ethics of Vaccination’.

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Emilie Karafillakis


Emilie Karafillakis is a research fellow for the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She leads European research on understanding reasons behind low vaccine confidence in certain European populations, the growing role and influence of social media, and strategies that may be used to rebuild public trust.

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Beate Kampmann


Beate Kampmann is the Director of the Vaccine Centre at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She is a clinician and scientist who has worked extensively on childhood infectious diseases in the UK and Africa. Her research focuses on the vaccination of pregnant women and children, and aims to link scientific discoveries in the laboratory to evidence-based care.

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Mario Mosquera-Vasquez


Dr Mario Mosquera-Vasquez is a health communication expert who works for UNICEF and focuses on understanding why people delay or refuse vaccines in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He supports ministries of health in the region to strengthen the capacity of health workers to communicate with parents and communities, and provides technical support to countries in organising media campaigns.