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  • Wednesday 10th

    February 2021

  • From 07:00 PM

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COVID-19 Vaccines: Myths and Reality

In their rollout, COVID-19 vaccines have faced a variety of challenges, including a flood of lies and misinformation. Dr. Megan Ranney debunks the rumors, dispels the disinformation, and shares the truth about the safety, risks, and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines available and coming online in the months ahead.

Dr. Megan Ranney is an emergency physician, researcher, and national advocate for innovative approaches to public health. She holds the Warren Alpert Endowed Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University and is Founding Director of the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health. Dr. Ranney’s research focus is on developing, testing, and disseminating digital health interventions to prevent violence and mental illness. She has had continuous external funding from federal and foundation grants for over a decade, with over 120 peer-reviewed publications. She serves multiple national leadership roles, including Chief Research Officer of AFFIRM Research (, the country’s leading non-profit committed to ending the gun violence epidemic through a non-partisan public health approach, and President of the Board of, a start-up non-profit that is delivering donated personal protective equipment to those who need it most. She is an editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine, a Fellow of the fifth class of the Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship Program, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She has received numerous awards for technology innovation, public health, and research, including Rhode Island Woman Physician of the Year and the American College of Emergency Physicians’ Policy Pioneer Award. She is also a frequent media commentator on outlets ranging from CNN to the Atlantic to the New York Times regarding the value of a national public health strategy.

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