‘Most Africans would get a safe virus vaccine’

ANKARA

Nearly 80% of Africans are willing to take a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, according to a survey by the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

More than 15,000 people aged 18 and over in 15 African countries took part in the survey, Africa CDC said in a statement Thursday.

It was conducted between August and December of this year in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), he said.

“Respondents who are older, those who know someone who tested positive for COVID-19, and those living in rural areas are more likely to take a COVID-19 vaccine than younger, those who have not seen COVID-19 affect none, and those living in urban areas, “the statement read.

“Engaging communities and being responsive to their concerns and information needs about the COVID-19 vaccine will be critical to building trust not just around the COVID-19 vaccine, but for vaccines in general,” said Heidi Larson, co. – head of the study and director of The Vaccine Confidence Project at LSHTM.

“This eye-opening survey provides critical scientific evidence to guide the interventions of Africa CDC, member states and partners to optimize uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine across the continent,” said John Nkengasong, director of Africa CDC.

Over 2.43 million cases have been recorded on the continent so far, including 57,442 deaths and over 2 million healings, according to the latest Africa CDC data.

Several African countries have imposed stricter restrictions to curb a growing second wave of coronavirus infections ahead of the upcoming holiday season.

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