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"Contaminated Trust" Trend 2

The second trend our study identified in these three countries is that religious officials are viewed as highly credible, and their contribution to the spread of #publichealth#misinformation and #disinformation during the #COVID19 pandemic is significant. In both Georgia and Ukraine, faith-based institutions wield considerable influence and have played a role in spreading misinformation and disinformation related to COVID-19.

By contrast, in Kazakhstan’s leading Muslim and Russian Orthodox Church religious leaders were not perceived by in-country experts to endorse anti-vaccine rumors or engage in disinformation messaging.

For additional reading on strengthening partnerships with #faithleaders in supporting national responses to COVID-19, please see the World Health Organization's strategy for engaging #religiousleaders, faith-based organizations and faith communities in health emergencies:

To read TCM's report, "Contaminated Trust" online, please visit:


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