New polling from Ipsos MORI finds a drop in the number of people globally that believe all recommended vaccines are beneficial to them and their families. Three quarters (75%) of Britons agree recommended vaccines are beneficial compared to 83% in 2019. In Italy and the US there is an even bigger downturn, with Italy down 12 percentage points to 65% and the US down 17 percentage points to 63% agreement. France continues to have low levels of support for vaccines, now down to 54% from 63% last year.
Brazil and China remain stable, with 80% of Brazilians agreeing in the benefits of vaccines (unchanged from 2019) and 56% of Chinese agreeing, up just 2 percentage points.
Despite growing scepticism of vaccines, people remain positive about the impact science will have on our lives. There has been an increase in people that think eventually all medical conditions and diseases will be curable, across all seven countries surveyed.
Ben Page, CEO Ipsos MORI, said: “Our latest Global Trends findings illustrate how the rush to produce a vaccine, and debate about its potential effectiveness, seems to have increased vaccine hesitancy around the world over the last year, but especially in the United States. This growing unease about the benefits of vaccines will undoubtedly be a challenge for governments around the world as they work to get the pandemic under control. Despite this, we should all take hope from the great news that a potential vaccine is on its way in 2021, for those of us that need and want it.”