Health Desk – 04 May, 2021: People’s willingness to take a vaccine for the coronavirus varied across the world in 2020, with the percentage of people saying they would take a vaccine ranging from a high of 96 percent in Myanmar to a low of 25 percent in Kazakhstan, while it is 83 percent in Bangladesh, says a global survey.
In the first full year of the Covid-19 pandemic, the majority of adults worldwide (68 percent) told Gallup that they would agree to be vaccinated if a coronavirus vaccine were available to them at no cost.
However, like the global number, in most countries, the percentages fell short of the estimated 70-90 percent that some experts say would need to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity in a population, said Gallup in a report yesterday.
But importantly, if everyone who said they were willing to take the coronavirus vaccine actually did so, just 38 of the 116 countries and areas that Gallup surveyed throughout the latter half of 2020 would reach the minimum 70 percent estimated threshold for herd immunity.
Only one country, Myanmar, would exceed the high-end estimate of 90 percent.
In 15 countries, including India, which is currently dealing with a second catastrophic wave of the virus and where less than 10 percent of the population has received one dose, the percentage willing to take a coronavirus vaccine was between 80 percent and 89 percent.