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When people use VaxChat.org, VIRA on WhatsApp, or an embedded version of the chatbot, VIRA stores user queries to conduct research and statistical analysis about leading vaccine concerns of VIRA’s users.
An anonymized corpus of text inputs to VIRA may be made available for validated researchers upon request. To ensure that no identifiable data appears in the data set, all data that could potentially be names, locations, phone numbers, birthdates, emails, and addresses will be scrubbed from the data set using automatic measures. The data set may be used to show how queries about COVID-19 vaccines changed during the pandemic and how the system responded.