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Sabin Vaccine Institute funds researchers to investigate Covid-19 misinformation

14 January 2021

The Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) announced that it has awarded grants to research teams in four countries to explore the social drivers of Covid-19 misinformation, and its impact on routine immunization acceptance and the acceptance of a Covid-19 vaccine. Five research teams in India, Kenya, Pakistan and Uganda will receive up to $30,000 to conduct this research and pilot a small-scale intervention in their respective communities over a period of 10 months. In Pakistan, Dr. Mohammad Tahir Yousafzai, PhD, consultant epidemiologist and senior instructor at the Aga Khan University, will join a research team exploring misinformation surrounding Covid-19 and vaccination amongst urban slum dwellers in Landhi Town, Karachi. Following the research, the team will employ a co-design approach, working with community members to design and implement an appropriate intervention addressing Covid-19 misinformation and its impact.