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Coronavirus Vaccine – Impact on the Workplace and Employment Law Implications – Innangard Virtual Conference 2021 Podcast

Public health experts Katharina Hauck of Imperial College London (UK) and Fabrizio Pregliasco of Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy) discussed the cost of test and trace systems and of national lockdowns, sharing their views on when we might expect to return to normal.  Both experts reiterated the importance of a coordinated international public health approach to manage future outbreaks as closing indefinitely borders is an unsustainable long-term measure.

Employment law experts Cathy Qu of River Delta Law Firm (China), the China Innangard member firm and Lorna  Gibb of Nokia (UK) discussed the employment law implications if an employer mandates its employees to be vaccinated. Lorna shared some of the initiatives at Nokia to disseminate public health information, encourage staff to take up the vaccine and to follow health and safety protocols applicable in each jurisdiction where Nokia operates.

The panel session was expertly chaired by Carl-Fredrik Hedenström of Morris Law, the Swedish Innangard member firm.


  • Cathy Qu, Vice President/Senior Partner, River Delta Law Firm, China
  • Professor Fabrizio Pregliasco, Virologist, Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health, University of Milan, Italy
  • Professor Luke O’Neill, Professor of Biochemistry in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Lorna Gibb, Nokia Global Head of HR Legal and Employee Relations, UK
  • Dr Katharina Hauck, Reader in Health Economics and Deputy Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics (J-IDEA), School of Public Health, Imperial College London, UK
  • Carl-Fredrik Hedenström, Partner, Morris Law, Sweden (Chair)

This session formed part of the The World of Work: The Great Reset 2021, Innangard’s first virtual conference held on 24 and 25 March 2021. The conference brought together six international panels of distinguished speakers including leading scientists, politicians, in-house professionals and global HR and employment law experts, to share insights and discuss how the world of work and their organisations have adapted and will develop in 2021 and beyond.

Find out more and listen to the other podcasts here.