Julia Belluz is Vox’s senior health correspondent, currently based in Vienna, Austria. She reports on medicine, science, and global public health across platforms and media.
Before joining Vox, Julia was a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT. Her writing has appeared in a range of international publications, including the BMJ, the Chicago Tribune, the Economist and Economist's Intelligent Life magazine, the Globe and Mail, the LA Times, Maclean’s, the National Post, ProPublica, Slate, and the Times of London. In 2015, she contributed a chapter to the book To Save Humanity: What Matters Most for a Healthy Future.
Julia has been honoured by numerous journalism awards, including the 2016 Balles Prize in Critical Thinking, the 2017 American Society of Nutrition Journalism Award, and three Canadian National Magazine Awards (in 2007 and 2013). She was a 2019 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Communications Award finalist. Outside of reporting, she speaks regularly at universities and conferences the world over. She holds an MSc from the London School of Economics.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by a huge flood of disinformation surrounding the virus and the fight against it. The Information chaos wreaked on societies through the accelerated dissemination of misinformation, disinformation, and conspiracy theories has been labelled as an ‘infodemic’ by the WHO. Still, some countries managed to have a successful vaccination strategy with both a fast pace of vaccination and a willingness to get vaccinated. Good strategic communication can save lives.
How to secure trust in vaccinations in a world flooded with disinformation and conspiracy theories? What have been the biggest challenges observed in preparing the societal trust in vaccination and what can we learn from them for the future?