The State of Alaska, in partnership with UAA, is bringing back its monthly series pushing all things pro-vaccination.
Heavily pushed during the Covid outbreak to disseminate the CDC’s pro-vaccination messaging, the ECHO series resumes Aug. 14 with monthly installments through May of next year.
With a specific focus on those involved in distributing and administering vaccines, the series includes live sessions with state health officials, online discussion forums and digital resources. As an added incentive, UAA will provide continuing education certificates for participants.
While the announcement for the revived series omits mentioning Covid, during Alaska’s Covid outbreak ECHO sessions were primarily used to promote pro-vaccination messaging to journalists, educators, health care providers, employers and others. Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Anne Zink was a frequent panelist, regularly downplaying vaccine injuries and adverse reactions, while talking up the benefits of the jab for young children, pregnant women and others.
The latest rendition of ECHO claims to take the program “to the next level” with a “new platform” and “centralized hub.”
“Participants will have increased understanding of the vaccine distribution and reporting infrastructure in Alaska, including key systems for vaccine management,” the notice states. “Participants will be able to better implement evidence-based interventions to increase the percentage of Alaskans who have received CDC recommended vaccinations on the recommended schedule.”
Founded by the University of New Mexico, ECHO’s national website promotes the United Nation’s “sustainable development goals,” which include “gender equality,” “climate action” and reducing so-called “inequities” around the world. The umbrella site also includes multiple links back to UNM promoting transgender hormones for children, gay pride parades, “diversity, equity and inclusion” trainings and more.
Funded by large multi-national organizations and companies including Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, World Health Organization and the CDC, ECHO is now an international force, boasting more than 4 million session attendees in 193 countries since its founding.