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Speaker Series Apr.1

Friday, April 1, 2022 - 15:00

Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation & Rhetoric along with the PhD in Argumentation Studies at the University of Windsor invite you to a talk by

Lydia Miljan
Political Science, Windsor

“Covid-19 Vaccines and Public Choice Theory”

During the Covid-19 pandemic misinformation seemed almost as difficult to flatten as the virus itself. Vaccine hesitancy became a wedge issue during the federal election campaign. But it wasn’t just anti-vaxxers who were spreading misinformation, it was also the media, pundits, and government. The disinformation that these groups were focused on wasn’t vaccine efficacy, but Canada’s vaccine procurement and our ability to produce a home-grown MRNA candidate. This presentation tells the story of how the only MRNA vaccine in Canada was sidelined in favour of foreign-produced vaccines, and how within Canada, non-MRNA candidates were prioritized. Using the lens of public choice theory, I will argue that political leaders were more focused on electoral success than on the public good in their procurement strategy for Covid-19 vaccines.

Friday, April 1, 2022

3:00pm

Weekly presentations conducted via Zoom as well as in-person meeting in CHS 53.

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