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"Vaccination is a social contract"

The COVID-19 pandemic reminds us of what we have almost forgotten about measles: Through widespread vaccination we can control or even eradicate infectious diseases - if everyone pulls together.

The German Ethics Council stated in 2019 that vaccination is a social contract - "But we wondered whether society really behaves accordingly? Is there really something like a moral obligation to be vaccinated? And what happens if some people don't comply," asks Lars Korn. These are exactly the questions he has been dealing with in a research paper that is part of his dissertation. It has now been published in the renowned journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).

Please read our contribution in "WortMelder",  the research blog of the University of Erfurt.