Trending Toward Disbelief

The brewing crisis in vaccine confidence is more severe in Europe compared to the rest of the world, according to the first Wellcome Global Monitor survey tracking attitudes toward science.  

Just 59% of people in western Europe and 50% in the east believe that vaccines are safe. Worldwide, 79% do. In South Asia, 95%, The Guardian reported.

Confidence is higher in countries where diseases like measles take a greater toll: Bangladesh and Rwanda topped the list for vaccine confidence.

At 33%, France has the highest levels of vaccine distrust, while the UK is vulnerable to rising vaccine disbelief as social media amplifies doubt.

The trend toward disbelief is spurred by wealthy countries who have been shielded from the toll of preventable diseases. “This is a luxury we can ill afford,” Seth Berkley, head of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

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