Immunity: a key to a return to normality?

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The key to resuming an active life seems to be tied to achieving individual and group immunity. But in the absence of a vaccine, how can we ensure we reach a safer ground?

In this session we will explore the concept of immunity and discuss possible alternatives for opening up the country. Should we accept “immunity passports”? Should we accept disease surveillance and contact-tracing methods? If so, by whom and until when? We believe the details, boundaries and implications of these technical and social issues should be the subject of extensive discussion.


Moderated by Mónica Bettencourt-Dias

Carlos Moedas, Trustee Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Thiago Carvalho, Immunologist, Champalimaud Foundation
Susana Peralta, Researcher at NOVA School of Business and Economics (NOVA SBE)
Joana Gonçalves Sá, Researcher at NOVA School of Business and Economics (NOVA SBE) and Scientific Coordinator of the Science and Society Programme at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC)
André Peralta-Santos, Public Health Physician and Researcher



This three-session cycle will explore the connection between science and society as a fundamental tool to overcome the  Covid-19 crisis and to build a new reality. In the exceptional times that we are living through, that connection is clearer than ever. And indeed, it shall be thanks to science, vaccines, and mathematical models, as well as to the behavior of citizens and the decisions of our politicians, that we will overcome this pandemic.


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