Building trust can help vaccine uptake


By Dr Helen Watchirs, President of the Human Rights Commission

The last year has seen an enormous global effort being applied to find a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19. Perhaps beyond many of our expectations, the first vaccines have now been developed, tested and approved. This is an extraordinary achievement – the development of a vaccine for any virus in such a short period of time was never assured. For example, HIV remains without an effective vaccine since it emerged globally 40 years ago, notwithstanding significant improvements to treatment regimes. Read more.

First published in The Canberra Times 30 January 2021.