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More than a quarter of EU adults and rising fast are reluctant to get Covid vaccine, survey finds. Vaccine hesitancy rates in the EU are raising alarms, after a survey found that nearly one-third of adults across the bloc said they’d be unlikely to accept a Covid-19 jab, amid a failure to persuade people of its effectiveness and safety.
A Eurofound survey investigating vaccine take-up across EU member states flagged concerns about the success of messaging from health officials on Covid jabs, claiming that the failure to fully convince the adult population to be inoculated could put the fight against the pandemic at risk.
Some 27% of those surveyed across Europe, including half of the French respondents and 67% of those in Bulgaria, said they would be very unlikely or rather unlikely to get a Covid vaccine. There were big variations between states though, with people surveyed in Eastern European nations more likely to be more cautious about taking the jab. Hesitancy figures were above 30% in several nations, including Croatia, Latvia, Poland and Slovenia.
Looking at the possible root causes of vaccine hesitancy, researchers found a link between people who said they were less likely to get a Covid jab and social media as a main source of information. Among those surveyed who said they primarily relied on social media for their news, vaccine hesitancy was at 40%, compared with 18% who used pro-government mainstream news sources.
Eurofound’s latest round of data was collected in February and March 2021, with 46,800 respondents providing their thoughts on the impact of the virus, their attitudes towards vaccines and vaccination programmes, and the impact of social media on the pandemic.
Meanwhile, big pharma is on a roll and suggesting multiple jabs ~ well, they would wouldn’t they: More than a dozen influential infectious disease and vaccine experts say the first round of jabs may offer enough protection against Covid-19, refuting Big Pharma’s claims that regular shots will likely be needed.
In a report on Thursday, Reuters quotes top infectious disease and vaccine-development experts as saying that the first round of inoculation with vaccines against the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants may be adequate to offer enduring protection.
The scientists also expressed concern that it’s the pharmaceutical executives rather than health specialists who are shaping public expectations around booster shots. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said in April that people would likely need a third dose of a Covid-19 vaccine within 12 months of getting fully vaccinated, adding that yearly vaccinations would possibly be necessary. The CEO of American vaccine manufacturer Moderna, Stephane Bancel, also said this week that a booster shot might be needed as early as this autumn.
‘There is zero, and I mean zero, evidence to suggest that that is the case,’ Dr Tom Frieden, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told Reuters. Frieden now leads the global public health initiative Resolve to Save Lives. He went on to say that it was ‘completely inappropriate’ to state that people would need an annual booster, ‘because we have no idea what the likelihood of that is.’
The World Health Organization has expressed a similar view. Kate O’Brien, director of the WHO Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, told the outlet that there was no data yet available ‘that would inform a decision about whether or not booster doses are needed.’ She added that the WHO was forming a panel of experts to assess vaccine efficacy data and to recommend changes to vaccination programs if necessary.
The group of experts has also expressed concern that wealthy nations rushing to get booster shots as early as this year would push poorer nations farther back along the queue, as they are already struggling to buy doses for their first round of jabs. The UN reported in April that low-income countries had received just 0.2% of all Covid-19 shots given to date.
Global spending on Covid-19 vaccines and booster shots could total $157 billion through 2025, says the US health-data firm IQVIA Holdings. Moderna, for example, has set a goal to produce three billion doses of vaccine by next year.
Ultimately, decisions on whether booster shots will be necessary will best be made by public health experts, rather than CEOs of a company who may benefit financially, said Dr Monica Gandhi, an infectious diseases doctor at the University of California, San Francisco. Source 1, Source 2. Like this story? Share it with a friend!
P.S. When I listen to the former FEMA camp officer lady I understand that with the jab (vaccination?) our body cells align themselves in rectangular patternsand we become integrated into a WIFI artificial intelligence AI structure. We have become part of a machine that receives orders from an outside source. Did I get this correct? We have become “tagged” like animals are tagged by their owners. Does anyone out there want this?
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