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Information Battleground: Vaccines   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "Following a variety of lockdown measures, governments around the world face high expectations for economic recovery and a return of social life - expectations that heavily rely on the availability of an effective vaccine against COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] infections. Questions around access to an effective vaccine in sufficient quantity have intensified competition and tension, as governments seek to conclude agreements with promising vaccine developers. This competition threatens to further fuel the use of disinformation around efforts of some governments to manage public expectations; to exploit feelings of fear and uncertainty; to gain an edge in vaccine research; and to favorably shape international opinion about a states' role as a responsible stakeholder. In this context, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell has warned of a 'global battle of narratives', as select governments have actively engaged in disinformation to undermine the credibility of other states. In addition, disinformation on the origin of the coronavirus outbreak, its spread and ways of protecting against it have created conditions for an 'infodemic' that risk undermining official health advice."

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CSS Analyses in Security Policy No. 269; Center for Security Studies Analyses in Security Policy No. 269
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2020-09
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2020 Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich
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