By Damon Mitchell • 24 September 2020 • 13:40
REPORTS have uncovered that a fifth of all UK residents would consider turn down a Covid vaccine when one is finally ready.
Those questioned showed concerns about misinformation surrounding the vaccines that are currently in their trial stages.
Out of 17,500 subjects questioned by University College London, only 49 per cent were ‘very likely’ to take their chances, 78 per cent were ‘likely’ to, 22 per cent were ‘unlikely’ and 10 per cent were opposed to being vaccinated.
On September 6, the British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca suspended worldwide trials of its Covid vaccine after registering a serious side effect in a volunteer in the UK.
Eight days later, the company resumed its vaccine trial in the UK and Brazil after national regulators gave the green light. However, these remain suspended in the US pending a corresponding investigation by the health authorities.
Within the last few days, AstraZeneca has confirmed that another test subject has suffered from “unexplained neurological symptoms.”
An unknown number of volunteers have dropped out of the US drugmaker Johnson & Johnson’s Covid vaccine trial in Spain after it was revealed that a participant in the AstraZeneca trial had side effects.
Whilst a large number of the public have reacted positively with regard to a Covid vaccine, a worrying number have admitted that not only will they not get vaccinated, but they do not have faith in a vaccine or what other possible side effects they may provide.
30 per cent believe that vaccines may lead to future problems as there has not been enough time passed to have been shown proof of otherwise. 38 per cent would rather let nature take its course and rid their system of the virus.
There is also a percentage of people who believe that vaccines are used for commercial profit by pharmaceutical companies and governments for financial gain.
In Spain up to 40.3 per cent of residents are not willing to be vaccinated immediately, compared to 44.4 per cent who are, according to the latest data from the Center for Sociological Research (CIS).
However, the keyword in the question could be “immediately”. Many of those in Spain would prefer to wait a bit before taking the first injection available, which according to some political leaders could be in November or December.
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