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Understanding Covid Vaccine Resistance

Rebecca_Irons , January 19th, 2022


Sheba Mohammid and Daniel Miller Right now, Trinidad and Tobago are suffering amongst the highest death rate from Covid in the world. As small islands, everyone seems to…


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A letter for the 97%

Rebecca_Irons , December 13th, 2021


ISOBEL THORLEY Dear Elizabeth Truss, Nadine Dorris and Priti Patel, As the Minister for Women and Equalities, Minister of State Mental Health, and Home Secretary, I am writing…


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#Proudtobeprotected: Selfie booths and framing the self for visibility

Rebecca_Irons , December 6th, 2021


RAHUL ADVANI In April and May 2021, the deadly second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in India, driven largely by the delta variant, saw the country’s collapsing healthcare…


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A Letter to Matt Hancock

Rebecca_Irons , November 29th, 2021


URSULA WHITE February 2021 Dear Secretary of State, I am writing to express my concern on discovering that, as of February 2021, Operose Health has acquired AT Medics,…


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Letter to Jens Spahn

Rebecca_Irons , November 22nd, 2021


JASMIN SIMAO AJAYI Dear Mr. Spahn,   I am a German citizen from Munich, currently in my final year of studying Anthropology at the University College London (UCL). I…


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Beyond the data: Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups

Rebecca_Irons , November 15th, 2021


PETER BICCAREGUI Calling for a follow up report.  On the 5th April 2020, almost a year ago to the day I’m writing this letter, Belly Mujinga died at only 47…


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HIV Letter

Rebecca_Irons , November 8th, 2021


PIA KEELY-JOHNSON Dear Gavin Williamson,  I am a queer woman living in London who, like more than 18.9 million people1 who sat down to watch Russell Davies’ hit show&nbsp…


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Eating Disorders, Education, and TikTok

Rebecca_Irons , November 1st, 2021


EMILIE THOMPSON 28th February 2021  Dear Mrs Murdoch,  Please let me express my enormous gratitude for the work you and your team continue to conduct in the face o…


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An Epidemic of Loneliness

Rebecca_Irons , October 25th, 2021


PEPE WEISCHER Dear Mr Spahn, The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has strained the capacity of the German health system in unprecedented ways, but it seems to me that one…


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A Letter for Malcolm Reed

Rebecca_Irons , October 18th, 2021


TANYA SHARMA Dear Professor Malcolm Reed, (Lead Co-Chair of the Medical Schools Council), I am a medical student in the UK writing to you to discuss the teaching…


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A Letter to Tedros A. Ghebreyesus

Rebecca_Irons , October 11th, 2021


AY NASSIMOLDINA Dear Dr Tedros A. Ghebreyesus,   The world is in a vulnerable state right now, and we have trusted you with the World Health Organization to lead…


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A Letter to Andrew Selous

Rebecca_Irons , October 4th, 2021


SHOLA AJAO Dear Mr Andrew Selous,   It is unfortunate that I find myself writing to you again during these unprecedented times. As you may recall, I wrote July…


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Fighting Inequality by Improving NHS Dental and Oral Care

Rebecca_Irons , September 27th, 2021


MAXINE PEPPER 22nd March 2021  Dear Sir Stevens,  RE: Fighting inequality by improving NHS dental and oral care  The COVID-19 pandemic …


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Advocacy Letters: Anthropological Calls for Public and Global Health Change

Rebecca_Irons , September 20th, 2021


Series Introduction CARRIE RYAN For the next few weeks, the UCL Medical Anthropology blog will run a special series called ‘Advocacy Letters: Anthropological Ca…


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Covid-19 and Vaccine Inequalities in South Africa: The Second Year

Rebecca_Irons , June 1st, 2021


Lerato Coulter, Nunu Dlamini, Jonathan Govender, Sarah-Jayne Du Plessis, Ryan Harries, Khanyisile Maphalala, Dineo Mtetwa, Katso Sebina, Hannah Sunpath, Storm Theunissen and Lenore Manderson Unive…


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“Not the Chinese, I’m a Pfizer girl!” The covert politics of pharmaceutical branding in Covid struck Hungary

Rebecca_Irons , May 13th, 2021


ARIEL BINETH HUNGARY. The country has one of the highest death rates of COVID-19 globally.1 Hospitals are filled with ICU patients at some places outnumbering staff 5:1.2 Nurses…


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Vaccine envy and vaccine snobbery – why we look a gift horse in the mouth when it comes to the Covid-19 vaccine

Rebecca_Irons , May 6th, 2021


MARIA LARRAIN The vaccine rollout has been well-underway in the UK since Margaret Keenan was the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 jab in…


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Between Jab Lines and Pandemic Orientalism in Urban Sri Lanka

Rebecca_Irons , March 16th, 2021


VICHITRA GODAMUNNE & RAPTI SIRIWARDANE-DE ZOYSA  The global COVID-19 vaccination drive has been steeped in geopolitical rivalries, captured not in the least within mainstream Euro-America…


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Between Jab Lines and Pandemic Orientalism in Urban Sri Lanka

Rebecca_Irons , March 16th, 2021


VICHITRA GODAMUNNE & RAPTI SIRIWARDANE-DE ZOYSA  The global COVID-19 vaccination drive has been steeped in geopolitical rivalries, captured not in the least within mainstream Euro-American med…


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Vaccinating vaccines: Ethnography and the info-politics of public health

Rebecca_Irons , February 26th, 2021


DAN ARTUS What exactly can an ethnography of vaccination hope to achieve? And how could one be undertaken? Although any given individual is likely to have received multiple…


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Vaccinating vaccines: Ethnography and the info-politics of public health

Rebecca_Irons , February 26th, 2021


DAN ARTUS What exactly can an ethnography of vaccination hope to achieve? And how could one be undertaken? Although any given individual is likely to have received multiple…


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The (Anthropological) Vaccine Rush

Rebecca_Irons , February 22nd, 2021


BEN KASSTAN It would be an understatement to say I rushed to the Jerusalem Arena stadium to receive the COVID-19 vaccination last week. Rolling down my sleeve after…


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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Vaccines in View: Social Science Perspectives on COVID-19 Vaccinations

Rebecca_Irons , February 22nd, 2021


Incorporating pandemic public health, social inequalities, geopolitics, conspiracies and beyond, COVID-19 vaccines find themselves at the centre of the most significant debates of our time. As anthro…


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Troubled Togetherness: Visually Impaired People’s Unsettling and Tiresome Journey towards Community Belonging

Rebecca_Irons , January 11th, 2021


ANNAMARIA DALL’ANESE The word ‘community’ has heart-warming connotations of mutual support and reciprocal understanding. The sense of belonging that stems from being integrated into a social world…


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