Table of Contents
Popular social app Facebook has announced that it is partnering with healthcare institutes and utilize social media platforms to spread legit information about vaccines all across the globe.
How the allaince was formed?
An alliance of academic institutions and organizations has been formed to advance health through social media. The alliance strives to increase public understanding about how behavioral sciences and social media may be used to improve health around the world. CDC Foundation, Merck, World Bank, and WHO are other groups participating in the initiative. A multi-year program will be funded by Merck and Facebook through a $20 million commitment each.
Alliance will focus on addressing vaccine hesitancy and ensuring vaccine equity among underserved communities. Facebook already has a number of promotional tools and initiatives in place, and its association with the new group will allow the company to conduct further research into how behavioral science, social media, and digital platforms can be used to improve vaccine confidence and accessibility.
As per Facebook
“Together with partners, we’ve seen promising results from our health work over the past few years. This highlights the Alliance’s opportunity to better understand what’s working, so it can be replicated and scaled. All of the findings generated through this research will be shared quickly, broadly, and publicly.”
As the virus resurfaces in various regions, lockdowns and disruptions continue. Increasing vaccination demand is a key focus right now. By ensuring people receive the vaccine as soon as they can, we can start restoring things back to normal. This new initiative aims to boost the initial vaccination rates, but will also provide a fuller understanding of the key factors that will be better utilized by similar campaigns in the future.
This effort will be advanced by a range of grants, commencing with programs with the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Bay Area Global Health Alliance, which will facilitate discussions among the community.
As well as the CDC Foundation and Merck, the World Bank and the World Health Organization are involved in the initiative. A multi-year program will be funded by Merck and Facebook through a $20 million commitment each.
Nearly half of the American population uses Facebook, making it the undisputed leader of the pack. Nevertheless, its size is not the only factor to consider. Facebook is fast becoming the leading source of health-related content.