In her seaside home in Ecuador, a Canadian doctor helps set the standards for collecting data about side effects from COVID-19 vaccines to improve their safety.
A former pediatric infectious disease specialist, Dr. Barbara Law shifted into the field of vaccines in the early 2000s and served as Canada’s Chief of Vaccine Safety for more than 10 years before retiring to Ecuador.
““As an infectious disease physician, I got tired of treating infections,” said Law. “What I wanted to do is not see disease anymore, I wanted to see disease prevented.”
From 2018 to 2021, Law chaired the science board of The Task Force’s Brighton Collaboration, a network of scientific experts who facilitate the development, evaluation, and dissemination of scientific information on the safety of vaccines.