Wednesday, October 28, 2020

On the 28 of October, the Centre for Mexican Studies UNAM-UK had the pleasure of hosting the virtual conference titled ‘COVID-19 vaccination: the long and winding road’ by Professor María Cristina Rosas from the Centre for International Affairs at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, UNAM. As the title of the conference indicates, the subject of it could not be of more relevance for our current strange times.

In the conference, moderated by Rodrigo Meléndrez from the Mexican Embassy in the United Kingdom, María Cristina started by outlining the historic referents that contributed to what is now perceived as an ant vaccine movement. She explained the reasons and arguments that people bring up to justify those types of decisions. For instance, María Cristina explained how, if we take as a precedent the case of small pox vaccines, it is easy to argue that vaccination can appear to be a rather harmful remedy since, in its original context, the small pox vaccines turned out to be not very safe due to the medical practices that implemented them, since some physicians used arm to arm vaccinations.

Indeed, Professor Rosas explained how vaccines have come a long way, and even if they were not as secure in the past, they are safe nowadays. For this reason, she highlighted the role of health literacy as a tool that enables people to develop the skills to make informed decisions and hence, to advocate to the leaders and policy makers, who, in the actual context, are responsible for creating a strategy for vaccination and its proper distribution.

The relevance of this topic cannot be emphasised enough. For this reason we invite you to watch it in our social media platforms where the videoconference has been registered: @UNAM_UK on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.

We are very grateful with Professor María Cristina Rosas for her illuminating insights into one of the most important and pertinent subjects for our current context.

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