As researchers around the world race to come up with a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, the willingness to get vaccinated has dropped across Europe, a new survey has found. The survey polled 7,000 people across several European countries in April and June this year about their attitudes towards a possible vaccine, German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Sunday, citing a copy of the survey. Researchers at the University of Hamburg in northern Germany coordinated with research institutions in three different countries to carry out the survey. In April, 74% of survey participants in Germany, the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy, France and Portugal said they would be willing to get vaccinated. By June, that number had dropped to 68%, researchers found. Read more: What’s the science on DNA and RNA vaccines? Dramatic drop in Germany The drop was particularly dramatic in Germany, which saw vaccine willingness drop from 70% to 61%. Divisions between northern and southern Germany were especially pronounced, with 67% of people in the northern state of Lower Saxony saying they would get vaccinated. In the southern state of Bavaria, however, only 52% said they would do the same. In early June, a national survey carried… Read full this story
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