Participants in this timely and essential forum included:
- Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director, National Institutes of Health
- Grace Cordovano, PhD, BCPA, CEO, Enlightening Results, LLC
- Lee Greenberger, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- Mary Gullatte, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, AOCN, Corporate Director of Nursing Innovation and Research, Emory Healthcare Inc.
- Liz Hamel, Vice President and Director of Public Opinion and Survey Research, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
- Lisa C. Richardson, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- E. John Wherry, PhD, Chair, Department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics; Richard and Barbara Schiffrin President's Distinguished Professor; and Director, Institute for Immunology, University of Pennsylvania
Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD, FAACR, Immediate Past President of the AACR, and Gilbert S. Omenn, MD, PhD, Chair of the AACR’s Health Policy Subcommittee, moderated the forum.
Participants discussed the scientific evidence that demonstrates the safety and benefit of the COVID-19 vaccines, including how decades of basic research enabled the rapid development of these lifesaving vaccines; provided the latest information regarding the public’s views and willingness to get one of the COVID-19 vaccines; talked about the strategies that are being used to overcome misinformation and build trust in the vaccines; and addressed the concerns and answered the questions that patients with cancer have about the vaccines.