COVID-19 vaccine information feature launched on Google

*The company is aiming to address ‘misperceptions and hesitance’ about vaccines

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As vaccine producers are about deploying an effective COVID-19 vaccine to the global community, Google is ramping up its efforts at combatting ‘vaccine misinformation’ and common misconceptions among several consumers.

The global tech giant has announced that it is launching a new Search feature that will display a list of authorised vaccines in a user’s location.

The tool will also provide information on each type of vaccine, according to agency report.

Google said it’s crucial to address “misperceptions and hesitance” about vaccines during the time before COVID-19 vaccines start rolling out on an “unprecedented pace and scale”.

The tech giant stated: “This will require sharing information to educate the public, including addressing vaccine misperceptions and hesitance, and helping to surface official guidance to people on when, where and how to get vaccinated.”

The company is reported to have launched the first iteration in the United Kingdom (UK) because it was the first Western country to approve and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine to its populations.

Google’s Chief Health Officer Karen DeSalvo, MD, and Kristie Canegallo, Vice-President of Trust and Safety, wrote: “As health authorities begin authorising vaccines, we’ll introduce this new feature in more countries.”

In an attempt to curb misinformation earlier this year, Google added COVID-19 panels with the aim of providing users with fact-checked information about the virus.

Now, Google said it’s taking other steps to provide users with accurate health information.

The company said its Google News Initiative will funnel an additional $1.5 million into the creation of a COVID-19 Vaccine Media Hub.

DeSalvo further stated: “Led by the Australian Science Media Centre, and with support from technology non-profit Meedan, the hub will be a resource for journalists, providing around-the-clock access to scientific expertise and research updates.”

“The initiative includes science media centers and public health experts from Latin America, Africa, Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region, with content being made available in seven languages.”

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