More Britons want to take Covid-19 vaccine

World Economic Forum-Ipsos survey of more than 13,500 people in 15 countries gauged attitudes towards inoculation

Pat Moore, with the Chester County, Pa., Health Department, fills a syringe with Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before administering it to emergency medical workers and healthcare personnel at the Chester County Government Services Center, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in West Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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The number of people in the US and UK willing to receive a Covid-19 vaccine is rising, the latest World Economic Forum-Ipsos survey suggests.

The study, conducted in the days after the first vaccinations in Britain and America, asked 13,542 adults in 15 countries if they would take the vaccine, and if not, why.

The most common reason for not wanting to be inoculated was concern about side effects, followed by doubts about its effectiveness.

Since October, the proportion of those who “strongly agree” with the question “If a vaccine for Covid-19 were available, I would get it” is up 5 per cent to 46 per cent in the UK.

“It is encouraging to see confidence improve most in countries where vaccines are already made available,” said Arnaud Bernaert, head of health care at the WEF.

“It is critical that governments and the private sector come together to build confidence and ensure that manufacturing capacity meets the global demand.

“Covid-19 is a global health crisis and global solutions are needed.

“We encourage co-operation between researchers and manufacturers, and public funding arrangements that remove restrictions to vaccine access.”

In the survey, more than two thirds of people in China, Brazil, the UK, Mexico, Australia, South Korea, Canada and the US said they would have a vaccine if available.

That compares with only about 40 per cent in France and Russia.

The survey was conducted from December 17 to 20.