Coronavirus conspiracy theories mean vaccine ‘might not be enough’ to end pandemic, scientists warn

A study shows a clear link between Covid-19 misinformation and ‘hesitancy’ to agree to take a future vaccine, reports Chris Baynes

Thursday 15 October 2020 14:09
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Thousands of people have attended rallies protesting against measures to stop the spread of coronavirus such as masks and vaccines
Thousands of people have attended rallies protesting against measures to stop the spread of coronavirus such as masks and vaccines

The development of a Covid-19 vaccine “might not be enough” to end the pandemic as the growing popularity of conspiracy theories deters people from taking the jabs, scientists have warned.

An international study spanning five countries including the UK found a “clear link” between coronavirus misinformation and “hesitancy around any future vaccine”.

Governments and technology firms must take action over conspiracy theories if the eventual rollout of the jabs is to successfully eradicate the disease, researchers at the University of Cambridge warned.

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