The U.S. has contributed more than any other country to COVAX – a global, collaborative effort aimed at providing a vaccine for COVID-19 VI–the pandemic–to all of the world. Throughout the pandemic, DHS has worked with the White House, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the public. DHSs efforts have fostered a rapid, whole-of-government response in combating COVID-19, keeping Americans safe, helping to detect and slow the viruss spread, and making as much vaccine available as possible.
At a time when trust among citizens, and adherence to measures ranging from lockdowns to sanitation guidelines, is paramount, the explosion in misinformation is undermining government responses to the global pandemic, and endangering peopleas health. The types of questionable information that are spreading about coronavirus (COVID-19) are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Misinformation about COVID-19 challenges official health recommendations and may be hard to spot.
Misinformation is also expected to be used by anti-vaccination campaigns as soon as COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, which may potentially harm its efficacy (Johnson etA al., 2020 ). It is known that low rates of acceptance of COVID-19 are reported in several African countries, and the increase in false vaccines may potentially erode trust, potentially leading to COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and exacerbating observed poor uptake. Falsified COVID-19 vaccines on the market, either online or in stores, would cause hesitation among ordinary people to be vaccinated, undermining efforts to end the pandemic. Conclusions
First, in order to achieve gains in health and costs, assurances must be provided that the COVID-19 vaccination is safe, free of serious adverse effects, and has durable immune effects; yet, trust in the vaccine appears to be at risk due to
COVID-19 has been used to build a positive coalition around a solution, which offers countries the opportunity to protect
their citizens from bogus vaccinations – when this system is in place, more importantly, this work may catalyze the
development of a comprehensive system, which has major potential benefits for the countries that will come after. COVID-19 verification systems for vaccines would also help many countries get started on establishing their own domestic drug tracking and trace systems, offering precious integrity in health care supply chains. That way, our immune systems can rapidly identify and combat an infectious agent before it makes us sick. That is the way that some COVID-19 vaccines are designed. The project, a fruit of collaboration among the worlds Catholic Information Network, the news agency I.media (specialising in news from Vatican City) and Verificat (a Catalan institution dedicated to the verification of information), was among 11 projects selected (out of 309 applications) to receive funding from Googles News Initiative, aiming to counter misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine, with special attention to underrepresented audiences.