Big tech has a vaccine misinformation problem – here’s what a social media expert recommends

Facebook and other social media platforms spread massive misinformation and bear huge responsibility for the urgent threat to public health raised by the U.S. Surgeon General. This is a July 29 article by Anjana Susarla, Omura-Saxena Professor of Responsible AI at Michigan State University.

Misinformation is an urgent threat that prolongs the pandemic and puts people at risk

Misinformation is an urgent public health threat – and also a threat to democracy and values of social justice. In July, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued the first Surgeon General's Advisory of this Administration to warn the American public about the urgent threat of health misinformation.

Statement from health organizations around the world: Urgent climate action required to protect people’s health

RNAO has signed the open letter launched by the Global Climate & Health Alliance and the World Health Organization calling on heads of state for urgent climate action now! The 2021 United Nations climate negotiations in November (COP26) are a critical moment and opportunity to put the world on a path that protects people from catastrophic climate change. The health community around the world is coming together to send a message to national leaders and country delegations, calling for real action to address the climate crisis.

A crucial moment for global public health: The November climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland

RNAO participates in the global movement of health organizations and workers who understand that climate change is the largest public health emergency the world has ever faced, and who are pushing politicians and governments to take emergency action at the upcoming COP26 conference in Glasgow. The following is a segment from an October 15 CBC News backgrounder article on COP26 by Tesa Arcilla.

The inherent racism of anti-vaxx movements

The majority of those not yet vaccinated are hesitant for a diversity of legitimate reasons. A small but influential minority of the unvaccinated are anti-vaxxers driven by ideology who produce and disseminate disinformation intended to obfuscate, confuse and create hesitation. They also lead the angry and dangerous mob actions against hospitals and schools that require the enactment of safe zones. The following is a July 15 article from Paula Larsson addressing the racist roots of the anti-vaxx movement.

Connecting the dots – far right extremism as a serious health threat

Recent mob events at hospitals and schools represent the tip of the iceberg in terms of the threat to health represented by the growth of far-right extremism. As health providers and policymakers, we need to become aware of how the increasing organization, visibility and influence of far-right extremism and their ideas and organizations is a serious concern from a health perspective.

‘It’s almost like grooming’: how anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists, and the far-right came together over COVID

This is a September 21 article by Josh Roose, a senior research fellow at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia. It focuses on how far right nationalists, anti-vaxxers, libertarians and conspiracy theorists have come together over COVID, and capitalised on the anger and uncertainty simmering in some sections of the community.

Nurses urge Canadians to vote for a government that will guide the country through the pandemic and oversee a healthy recovery

RNAO sent a questionnaire to each of the major political parties running candidates for their input on RNAO’s 11 recommendations in our policy platform. We received responses from each of the four major parties: the Liberal Party of Canada, the Conservative Party of Canada, the New Democratic Party, and the Green Party of Canada. You can read the responses under each of the four areas of our platform. We invite you to go through each topic area so you can inform yourself.