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We are volunteer scientists and healthcare professionals from around the world, working to end this pandemic by contributing our time to address concerns and public health misinformation.
Our #TeamHalo videos bring you accurate, up-to-date facts on the safety & effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccines and other public health issues.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Team Halo was established as part of the United Nations Verified initiative in partnership with Purpose and the Vaccine Confidence Project at the University of London’s School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Support is provided by Luminate, IKEA Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Capgemini.
Ce sont les nombreux visages, les voix diverses et les esprits brillants de l'équipe Halo.
Natalia Pasternak is a microbiologist, with a PhD and post-doctorate in Microbiology, in the field of Bacterial Genetics at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. She is the former director in Brazil of the international festival of scientific communication “Pint of Science” (UK), columnist for the Brazilian national newspaper “O Globo”, for The Skeptic magazine (UK), and Medscape (WebMD). She also hosts two weekly radio shows “The hour of Science” at Brazil’s CBN national radio station. She contributes as a visiting professor at the Public Administration School at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, São Paulo, and as a research collaborator at the University of São Paulo.
She is currently the publisher of Question of Science magazine and president of Question of Science Institute, the first Brazilian Institute for the promotion of skepticism and rational thinking. She is the first Brazilian to become a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) – USA, in recognition of outstanding work in the promotion of science, skepticism and critical thinking. In 2020, and again in 2021, she was chosen Brazilian of the year in Science by IstoE Magazine. She was chosen Personality of the year by the Group of Latin America Daily Newspapers, and received the Ockham Award from The Skeptic magazine, for the promotion of skepticism and rational thinking in Brazil. She has written two books on popularization of science, Science in our daily lives, which won Brazil’s National Literature prize for best science book in 2021 (Prêmio Jabuti), and Against Reality: science denialism, its causes and consequences. She was the only Brazilian listed by BBC as the 100 most influential women of 2021, and she is currently an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University, at the Center for Science and Society, by invitation of Professor Stuart Firestein. Her research focuses on how to improve science communication and combat denialism and misinformation, bringing scientific thinking for future policy makers, and helping to create an international collaboration for science-based global policies.
Le Dr Nighat Arif est un médecin généraliste du NHS qui a travaillé en première ligne pour les soins aux patients et a elle-même contracté le Covid-19. Aujourd'hui, le cabinet du Dr Nighat administre des vaccins contre le Covid-19.
Le Dr Nighat est un médecin généraliste spécialisé dans la santé des femmes et le planning familial. Elle est basée dans le Buckinghamshire et peut consulter couramment des patients en ourdou et en panjabi. Nighat est également le médecin résident sur BBC Breakfast, ITV's This Morning et BBC LookEast, mettant les téléspectateurs au courant des dernières nouvelles médicales. En outre, Nighat est l'ambassadrice de nombreuses causes caritatives, notamment la merveilleuse association caritative pour les enfants de Roald Dahl, HerSpirit, et elle est très impliquée dans le soutien du NHS Blood and Transplant.
Le Dr Nighat reste fidèle à ses valeurs de femme et de mère pakistanaise et musulmane britannique, qui navigue et unit les différentes cultures de manière positive. Elle a de l'intégrité, de la substance, de l'humanité et du style et aborde la vie avec humour. Nighat est mariée et a trois jeunes garçons. Elle aime la pâtisserie, suivre des cours de cuisine avec ses amis, regarder des films et lire.
Dr Samir Gupta is a Respirologist, Clinician-Scientist and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. He completed his medical training at McGill University before specializing in Respirology at the University of Toronto. He has a Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology and a fellowship in Knowledge Translation Research.
Samir has always had a specific interest in science communication. His academic research further strengthened his resolve that making science accessible and interesting is an urgent need in today’s online world. Samir started his television career at Global with the segment called “On Call With Dr. Gupta,” and is now a medical correspondent across properties on the Canadian Broadcaster, CBC. He appears on multiple networks and communicates about health and science across electronic, print, radio, and television media. As a leading media voice in the COVID-19 pandemic, Samir’s online “explainers” have been viewed over 10 million times. His latest channel is “The Feed With Dr. G.” This work has mostly focused on vaccine safety and the benefits of vaccination, and his research includes work on the behavioral determinants of vaccine hesitancy.
Samir was born and raised in Canada, and like most Canadians, he makes the best out of winter by doing things like sledding and skiing, but his first love has always been dance! As an Indo-Canadian he retains deep ties to India and runs a global health mission in the south of India. He is fluent in English, French, and Hindi, and a big fan of Bollywood!
Le Dr Kiran Morjaria est un médecin junior et comédien basé à Manchester. Il travaille en première ligne pour admettre et traiter les patients atteints de Covid-19. Pendant son temps libre, il travaille bénévolement comme vaccinateur dans un centre de vaccination Covid-19.
Kiran est diplômé de l'école de médecine de Leeds en 2017, où il a obtenu la bourse SPARK pour l'entreprise, et suit actuellement une formation pour devenir médecin généraliste. Il a joué la comédie à travers le circuit national et continue de rendre la médecine accessible et amusante en ligne.
En dehors de la médecine, la grande passion de Kiran est la comédie. Il aime aussi rester actif, il pratique la gym, le tennis et la cuisine végétarienne.
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