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Missing Piece of the Puzzle: Getting from Vaccine Hesitancy to Acceptance   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "Since the start of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, the development of safe and effective vaccines that are affordable and equitably distributed around the globe has been a priority for the world. The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines will be a crucial step forward to end the deadly and costly COVID-19 pandemic, creating a healthier, safer, and more equitable future for humankind. Yet the development of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is only one of many hurdles. The success of this vaccination effort largely depends on strong, functional health systems as well as widespread acceptance in the population and willingness to be vaccinated. Yet skepticism about the adverse effects, safety, and the lack of efficacy of vaccines has been rising--and increasingly politicized--over the past decade, leading to the World Health Organization (WHO) listing vaccine hesitancy as one of the world's top ten global health threats in 2019, alongside climate change. In 2020, this has been supercharged by the COVID-19 pandemic. Differences in vaccine coverage between countries due to vaccine hesitancy could delay the world's ability to control the pandemic and restart the global economy."

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2020-12-14
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Pandemic Action Network
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