Up to a quarter of Brazil cannot take COVID-19 vaccine – newspapers


FILE PHOTO: China’s Synovac Vaccine, a Potential Vaccine for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), is February 8 at the Sao Lucas Hospital of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUUS) in Porto Alegre, Brazil. 2020. REUTERS / Diego Var / File Photo

BRASILIA (Reuters) – According to a survey published in the Sunday newspaper O Estado de s Paulo, five percent of Brazil would refuse to take a vaccine against coronavirus under any circumstances and 20% indicated they would not take it Can.

The reasons given by those taking the vaccine included doubts over its safety and effectiveness, and fears such as genetic manipulation, such as unfounded conspiracies, in which it was implanted with a chip, and the abortion was performed with the fetus.

The newspaper said that Ibop Poll for the non-governmental organization Awaz surveyed 1,000 people across the country.

Of those expressing reluctance to take the vaccine, 34% were in the 25–34 year age range, and 36% were evangelical Christians. The survey revealed that 75% of Brazilians would apply a vaccine if available.

Following the survey, right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, who has steadily reduced the severity of the coronovirus outbreak, reiterated last week that COVID-19 vaccination would not be mandatory when they become available.

Brazil has the second highest number of coronovirus cases and related deaths in the world, with these tallies currently standing at 4.1 million and 126,203 respectively.

Reporting by Lysandra Paraguasu; Writing by Jamie McGiver; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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