Study points to low confidence in vaccines in richer countries – Current

Study points to low confidence in vaccines in richer countries - Current



The study found that people living in high-income countries have the lowest confidence level in vaccines, a result that coincides with the height of the anti-viral movement in which groups of people either refuse to believe the benefits of vaccination or consider it dangerous .

France has the lowest levels of trust, according to research commissioned by the British medical charity Wellcome Trust and held by Gallup World Poll between April and December 2018.

One third of the French (33%) do not believe that immunization is safe, according to a study that looked at more than 140,000 people aged 15 and older in 144 countries. Globally, 79% of people believe that vaccines are safe and 84% that they are effective.

On the opposite side of France, Bangladesh and Rwanda have the highest levels of vaccine confidence, with almost 100% in both countries, where people feel that they are safe, effective and that it is important for children to take them.

"I think we were expecting this general trend, because where we have seen this skepticism and concern about vaccines, it tends to be in the more developed countries," Imran Khan of the Wellcome Trust told AFP.



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