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June 12, 2021
Approximately 1.3 billion adults in 2020 globally said that they would not be willing to get a Covid-19 vaccine, even if it was offered to them at no cost, according to a recent Gallup Poll.
The poll surveyed more than 300,000 people around the world in 117 countries. The results were that 68% of adults said they would get the vaccine if it was offered to them for free. 29% of those polled said that they would not get the vaccine even if it was at no cost to them. 3% said they did not know. These estimates fall below the vaccination range required for a herd immunity to COVID-19 which experts have touted to be between 70% and 85%. Gallup’s poll was the largest poll of its kind conducted in 2020, however since it was done some time ago the attitude towards the vaccine might have changed after the first shots were given in 2021.
The United States had a vaccine hesitancy of 53% according to the Gallup poll, however in the months following 74% in America were willing to get a vaccine (according to a domestic Gallup Poll) as long as it was authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration. In other regions of the world the willingness to get vaccinated was very strong. Myanmar had 96% of its population willing to get vaccinated. The highest number in the world. However other countries are much lower. For example, the lowest vaccine willingness in the world was in Kazakhstan with only 25% of its population willing to get a vaccine even if it was offered for free.
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ARTICLE: AANAND MAHATO
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT