Prof. Maya Goldenberg, Department of Philosophy, spoke with USA Today about why now is the time for straight honest talk from public health and political leaders about the new COVID-19 vaccines that could be available soon.
The article was syndicated in newspapers across the U.S.
Goldenberg told the publication that for a vaccine to succeed, officials need to be crystal-clear about the risks and the benefits, as well as what they know and don’t know.
She noted that when public officials lie or play down risks, they not only put the public at risk, they foment distrust in government.
Goldenberg specializes in the philosophy of science and medicine and has long examined why some people become wary of science and hesitant of vaccines.