Episode 11: Vaccine Hesitancy, Health and Human Rights

The development and distribution of several effective vaccinations for Covid-19 means managing and living with the virus might finally be a tangible possibility. But the politics of ‘vaccine nationalism’ means distribution of the vaccine around the world has been highly uneven, while in Europe and other countries where they are widely available, there are many who worry about the safety, efficacy and accessibility of vaccinations. In this episode, we talk to Professor Pamela Slotte about her research on vaccine hesitancy and personal convictions, and connect the discussion to broader themes of public health, trust, and human rights in Europe.

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Pamela Slotte

Professor Pamela Slotte is the director of subproject 2, Discovering the Limits of Reason - Europe and the Crisis of Universalism. She is Professor of Theology in Åbo Akademi University as well as PI in the HERA funded research project Protestant Legacies in Nordic Law (2016–2019). She is a scholar of theology and law and has worked on topics of theological ethics and philosophy of religion, history of ideas, political theology, human rights, as well as the field of law & religion more broadly.

Emilia Mataix-Ferrándiz

Dr Emilia Mataix-Ferrándiz is the host of the EuroStorie Podcast. She is a postdoctoral researcher in subproject 1, Law and the Uses of the Past. She is a legal historian and classical archaeologist whose research focuses on management of cultural heritage and its political and social impact, maritime archaeology, ancient law and legal anthropology.

Zoë Jay

Dr Zoë Jay is the host of the EuroStorie Podcast. She is a post-doctoral researcher at EuroStorie in subproject 1, Law and the Uses of the Past. She has a background in international relations and political science, and her research focuses on European politics and culture, human rights, and the politics of international law and institutions.

References in the episode

Vavřička and Others v the Czech Republic, 47621/13, ECtHR, 8 April 2021.

Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front


Episode no: 10 (series 2, episode 5)
Date recorded: 12 July 2021
Release date: 10 August 2021
Episode production, recording and editing: Emilia Mataix-Ferrándiz and Zoë Jay
Music: Antonio Lopez Garcia
Transcript: Emilia Mataix-Ferrándiz
Web content: Karla Schröter
Banner: Tuomas Heikkilä
Banner photo: Unsplash/Jakob Braun