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A Future Vaccination Campaign against COVID-19 at Risk of Vaccine Hesitancy and Politicisation

Published time: 20 May 2020

Authors: Patrick Peretti-Watel, Valérie Seror, Sébastien Cortaredona, Odile Launay, Jocelyn Raude, Pierre Verger, François Beck, Stéphane Legleye, Olivier L’Haridon, Jeremy Ward

Keywords: Covid-19, Global Health, Public Health


Just a few weeks ago, more than half of the world’s population was on lockdown to limit the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Scientists are racing against time to provide a proven treatment. Beyond the current outbreak, in the longer term, the development of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 and their global access are a priority to end the pandemic.1 However, the success of this strategy relies on people’s acceptability of immunisation: what if people do not want the shot? This question is not rhetorical; many experts have warned against a worldwide decline in public trust in immunisation and the rise of vaccine hesitancy during the past decade, especially in whole Europe and in France.2,  3 Early results from a survey done in late March in France suggests that this distrust is likely to become an issue when the vaccine will be made available.

A future vaccination campaign against COVID-19 at risk of vaccine hesitancy and politicisation



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