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Building Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines

Posted on by Dr. Francis Collins

It was my pleasure to be a panelist during a recent virtual forum titled “Building Vaccine Confidence: Best Practices to Combat Misinformation and Vaccine Hesitancy in COVID-19 Vaccines.” The forum took place during the American Association for Cancer Research’s Annual Meeting 2021, which had more than 13,500 registrants. This screenshot shows the panel getting ready for our informative discussion on building confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines. The panelists are (from top l-r): Gilbert S. Omenn (co-moderator), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Antoni Ribas (co-moderator), University of California Los Angeles; yours truly Francis Collins; E. John Wherry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Grace Cordovano, Enlightening Results, LLC, West Caldwell, NJ; Lisa Richardson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; Liz Hamel, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, San Francisco; Lee Greenberger, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Rye Brook, NY; and Mary Gullatte, EMORY Healthcare, Atlanta. The forum took place on April 14, 2021.

Discussing Cancer Health Disparities

Posted on by Dr. Francis Collins

Cancer Health Disparities
It was my pleasure to offer virtual remarks for the opening plenary session of the 13th Annual Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved Virtual Conference. The session was hosted by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) on October 2, 2020. I started things off speaking about factors that influence racial health disparities, including cancer disparities, and the need for greater workforce diversity. This videoconference image shows me with the panel members for the opening session. They are (starting top left to right) John Carpten, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles; Patricia LoRusso, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT; Francis Collins; Brian Rivers, Morehouse School of Medicine; Atlanta; Chanita Hughes-Holbert, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston; Mariana Stern, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles; Clayton Yates, Tuskegee University, AL; and Robert Winn, Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center, Richmond.