The Conspiracy Virus Part 1: Covid and Vaccines

In the first of this two-part series hosted by 10 News First’s Hugh Riminton, journalists Olivia Rosenman and Antony Loewenstein look at the anti-vax movement and its various manifestations. Will Covid-19, and the speed of the new vaccines, fuel the movement's growth? How will people’s attitudes be shaped by their existing understanding of, and ideas about, vaccination? Will a minority of extreme anti-vaxxers take advantage of questions around the speed and rollout of a new vaccine to mobilise and recruit?


Julie Leask (University of Sydney professor and expert in behavioural insights in vaccination)

Peter Doherty (University of Melbourne Professor, expert in infection and Immunity, Nobel Prize winner and 1997 Australian of the Year)

Brian Deer (UK author and journalist)

Naomi Oreskes (Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University)

Tim Graham (Digital Media Researcher at Queensland University of Technology)

Catherine Hughes (vaccination advocate)

Sarah Elliot (health care worker)

Paul Kelly (Acting Chief Medical Officer for Australia)

‘The Conspiracy Virus’ is written, produced and narrated by Antony Loewenstein and Olivia Rosenman. 

The host is Hugh Riminton. 

Post-production by Stuart Buckland.

This podcast is supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.

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