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The COVID-19 pandemic has generated an intense research effort, which by one estimate has generated more than half a million research publications to date. Much of the COVID-19 research undertaken has been within traditional academic disciplines, but tackling COVID-19 effectively, and dealing with its long-term health and economic impacts, will require a multidisciplinary research effort. The purpose of this symposium is to provide a multi-disciplinary forum focusing on effective ways to promote vaccine uptake and to ensure public support for the effort and resources required to vaccinate the world. The symposium will bring together perspectives of immunologists, epidemiologists, psychologists, economists and political scientists on these questions. They will present the latest evidence and discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead. Please see the programme and registration link below.

View of City of Oxford Skyline at dusk


1:00-1:05pm  Opening remarks from Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford

1:05-1:55pm COVID-19: The challenge ahead

 Professor Sir Andrew Pollard (Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, University of Oxford)

The challenges ahead for the UK and globally

Professor Mark Jit (Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

What will be required to achieve herd immunity in the UK and Globally?

Associate Professor Mara Violato (Health Economics Research Centre, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford)

COVID-19’s hidden cost: Evidence from the CANDOUR study on global mental health 

2:00-2:45pm Do nudges and monetary incentives increase vaccine uptake? Evidence from three experiments

Professor Daniel Freeman (Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford)

Overcoming vaccine hesitancy: Evidence from OCEANS studies

Professor Raymond Duch (Director of Centre for Experimental Social Sciences, Nuffield College, University of Oxford)

Do vaccine lotteries or payments work best? Evidence from the CANDOUR study

Professor Mitesh Patel (Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, USA)

A megastudy of text-based nudges encouraging patients to get vaccinated at an upcoming doctor’s appointment

2:45-3pm BREAK

3:00-3:35 Using evidence to equitably and efficiently vaccinate the world 

Susan Brown (Public Policy Engagement at GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance)


Dr Laurence Roope (Health Economics Research Centre, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford)  

Global public opinion on vaccine donations and mandating use of COVID-19 vaccines: Evidence from the CANDOUR study

3:35-3:45pm BREAK

3:45-4:45pm A multi-disciplinary agenda for tackling COVID-19: panel discussion

Professor Helen McShane (Director, Oxford NIHR Biomedical Research Centre)

Professor Philip Clarke (Director, Health Economics Research Centre, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford)

Professor Michael Parker (Professor of Bioethics, Director of ETHOX, University of Oxford)

Professor Sir Peter Horby (Epidemic diseases Research Group Oxford) 

Please note all timings are UK BST