Online meeting: Ten Awkward Questions about Vaccination


From 28 June 2021


Online meeting: Ten Awkward Questions about VaccinationOnline meeting: Ten Awkward Questions about Vaccination


Biologists Irina Yakutenko and Georgii Bazykin and infectious diseases specialist Danila Konnov will answer awkward questions about vaccination compiled by Garage staff.

In 2020, Garage was the first cultural institution to switch to self-isolation mode, aiming to preserve the health of its employees and visitors. In an effort to prevent a repetition of this situation in 2021, the Museum would like to remind everyone that vaccination is recognized as the main way to fight coronavirus infection.

Even though vaccination is gaining momentum, Garage staff, like many others, continue to face a lot of questions. Who should be vaccinated and when? What does evidence-based medicine say about vaccines?

We decided to discuss these issues with experts and make the discussion public, providing another source of verified information on the Internet.

The speakers include molecular biologist Irina Yakutenko, evolutionary biologist Georgii Bazykin, and infectious diseases specialist Danila Konnov. The meeting will be moderated by journalist Andrei Babitsky.

Broadcast on YouTube


Andrei Babitsky, Candidate of Biological Sciences, is a journalist, host of the podcast It Just Happened, and a member of the editorial board of Alpina Non/Fiction publishing house.

Irina Yakutenko is a molecular biologist, science journalist, and author of the books Will and Self-Control. How Genes and the Brain Prevent Us from Resisting Temptations and The Virus that Broke the Planet.

Georgii Bazykin, Doctor of Biological Sciences, is an evolutionary biologist, Head of the Sector of Molecular Evolution at the Kharkevich Institute for Information Transmission Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Professor at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology.

Danila Konnov, Candidate of Medical, is chief physician at the H-Clinic University Clinic, an infectious diseases specialist, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia.


The meeting will take place online via Zoom and will be broadcast on YouTube and Garage social media.