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The United States is not the only country in the world fighting against people who do not want to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
A new survey conducted by Ipsos in collaboration with the World Economic Forum found that residents of seven other countries are more hesitant to buy the vaccine than Americans.
The report surveyed 13,500 adults in 15 countries/regions from December 17 to December 20: Brazil, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea, Canada, the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, South Africa , Russia, China and France.
China reported the most use of vaccines, with 80% of respondents agreeing that if there is a vaccine, they will get it. France ranks the lowest, with only 40% of French residents reporting being vaccinated.
France has been criticized for the slow progress of its vaccination program. As of Friday, only 80,000 French citizens have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Neighboring Germany has carried out hundreds of thousands of vaccinations.
The United States ranks in the middle, with 69% of Americans willing to get the vaccine. Following the United States are China (Brazil (78%), Mexico (77%), the United Kingdom (77%), Australia (75%), South Korea (75%) and Canada (71%).
These countries are after the United States and after France: Germany (65%), Italy (62%), Spain (62%), Japan (60%), South Africa (53%) and Russia (43%).
In each country, 57% to 80% of people who said they would not take the COVID-19 vaccine expressed concern about side effects.
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Chris Jackson, senior vice president and head of voting at Ipsos, said: “This is a new vaccine that used to (and) only existed for a few weeks before it appeared.” “If something goes wrong, This will cause a lot of attention.”
Doubts about the effectiveness of vaccines are the second most common reason for not being vaccinated in many countries (such as Russia), and as many as 45% of respondents in Russia are skeptical.
Some participants who were not vaccinated did not think COVID-19 was a problem. Of those who said they would not get vaccinated in the United States, 21% said they were not at risk for the disease. Jackson said this may be due to the political climate.
He said: “We see a lot of people not taking the COVID vaccine because they think that COVID is not a big risk.” “This speaks more about politics.”
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Americans’ willingness to take vaccines is increasing overall. Since October, the proportion of people who strongly or to some extent agree to vaccination has increased by 5 percentage points. The percentage of people who completely agreed increased by 9 percentage points.
However, Jackson quickly pointed out that this situation may change in the future.
He said: “When you take a step back, your attitude towards vaccines and COVID is still very unstable.” “These are not carved in stone.”
Contribution: Associated Press. Follow Adrianna Rodriguez on Twitter: @AdriannaUSAT.
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