JAMEL Vaccine Summit: Vaccine hesitancy in the COVID-19 era

MSD Medical Affairs in the Middle East region convened an educational event for physicians in the JEMEL countries titled: “Vaccine hesitancy in the COVID-19 era” on September 25, 2021. BP2C Executive Director Dr. Scott Ratzan served as one of the speakers, discussing “Advancing vaccine confidence post the COVID era – unpacking hesitancy and building vaccine literacy,” alongside Dr. Ghassan Dbaibo of Lebanon on the “Impact of COVID-19 on VCR in the Region.”

BP2C Executive Director Dr. Scott Ratzan’s presentation can be downloaded here.

The full list of speakers included:

Professor Abdelatif Bensenouci

President of the Algerian Pediatric Society

Former head of Pediatric department at University Hospitals Isaad Hassani de Beni Messous (Algiers)


Professor Mohamed Bouskraoui

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Cadi Ayyad – Marrakech, Morocco

President of SOMIPEV (Société Marocaine d’Infectiologie Pédiatrique et de Vaccinologie) and INFOVAC Maroc


Dr Ghassan Dbaibo

Professor and Vice-Chairman, Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Head, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases & Director, Center for Infectious Diseases Research

Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at American University of Beirut


Dr Yemisi Falope

Associate Scientist Post-doctoral fellow vaccine Confidence at Merck

MD from the University of Jos in Nigeria

MPH in Global Health and Ph.D. in Community and Family Health from the University of South Florida in Tampa


Professor Khalil Abdel Khalek

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University

Deputy Manager of the Cairo University Specialized Pediatric Hospital.

The founder and CEO of Tabibi 24/7


Dr Scott Ratzan

PRINCIPAL, Institute for the Advancement of Health & Well-being, LLC, Princeton, New Jersey.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives

Co-founder, the CONVINCE Initiative, COVID-19 New Vaccine Information Communication and Engagement