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Vaccine Questions Ep4: Trust and reliability with Emer Cooke

21 April 2021

Emer Cooke, Head of the EMA explains its role in assessing and authorising COVID19 vaccines, and Dick asks why should we trust the EMA to ensure that all the vaccines we receive are safe and reliable?

COVID19 vaccines can only become available to us here in Ireland once they are authorised by the European Commission following evaluation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).  In this episode, host Dick Ahlstrom talks to Emer Cooke, an Irish pharmacist who took on the role of Executive Director of the EMA in November 2020. She explains the role of the EMA and the steps they take in evaluating vaccines to ensure they are safe and effective and that the information they base that assessment on is robust and reliable. She also describes what the EMA does to be transparent and engage with the public, and she shares her perspective on the benefits of vaccines.

About the series

Do you have questions about the coronavirus vaccines? Maybe you want to understand how they work? Maybe you wonder if they are safe for you to take? Or perhaps you are just anxious to know when and how you will be vaccinated?

In this podcast series, science journalist Dick Ahlstrom chats with experts in public health, immunology, virology, bioethics, statistics and behavioural science. He will ask them questions sent in by you and help make sense of the answers.

Participate in our podcast series

  • Do you have questions about the coronavirus vaccines?
  • Maybe you want to understand how they work?
  • Maybe you wonder if they are safe for you to take?
  • Or perhaps you are just anxious to know when and how you will be vaccinated?

In this podcast series, science journalist Dick Ahlstrom chats with experts in public health, immunology, virology, bioethics, statistics and behavioural science, asking them everything you ever wanted to know about vaccines and vaccination.

If you have a question about vaccines, please email it to vaccinequestions@ria.ie along with your name, age, and location.

In some cases, your question may be asked giving your name, age and location as you provide it, unless you state otherwise. Your contact details will never be shared. Please ensure you have read our data privacy policy. 

This series is organised by the Life and Medical Sciences Committee  in partnership with the Health Research Board 

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