AZ vaccine ‘only has a good reputation in the UK’ but is growing in 2 EU nations – poll

AstraZeneca: France and Sweden residents 'refusing vaccine'

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The research, conducted by YouGov, surveyed how people across several European countries feel about the Oxford-made vaccine. The survey was conducted just a month after fears over blood clots dominated the news, finding varying levels of trust between respondents from different nations.

The UK is the country where the most people have faith in the AstraZeneca vaccine, presenting a stark difference to a lot of Europe.

In the results, YouGov revealed that over three quarters (78 percent) of UK respondents felt the vaccine was safe – up by one percent since their last study of this kind in mid-March.

Spain also saw an increase in those who believe the Oxford vaccine is safe, up by 16 percent since the last study to an overall approval rating of 54 percent – 24 percent lower than that of the UK.

The country with the third highest number of respondents trusting the vaccine is Italy with 48 percent which, despite being less than half of those surveyed, is an increase of 12 percent since the height of blood clot concerns.

Sweden ranks fourth, with 44 percent of respondents believing the vaccine is perfectly fine – an increase of one percent since last month.

Faith in the AstraZeneca is lowest in Germany, Denmark and France, suggesting that confidence has not recovered from disputes over the vaccine’s potential side effects.

Germany has an overall approval rating of 34 percent, which is a very slight increase of two percent since YouGov’s last survey.

However, trust in the vaccine plummeted by 17 percent in Denmark, down to just 25 percent overall.

YouGov has shared that this could be the result of the country’s study taking place from April 14-17, at the exact time when Denmark ditched AstraZeneca entirely over blood clot concerns.

Confidence in the vaccine is lowest in France at just 22 percent – 56 percent less than in the UK – a one percent decline since mid-March.

Despite AstraZeneca’s varying support across Europe, this does not appear to be the case for other leading vaccines.

Sharing the results on Twitter on May 6, YouGov wrote: “Across Europe, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are seen as safe by large majorities of people. AstraZeneca only has a good reputation in the UK, while the Johnson & Johnson and Sputnik V vaccines garner mixed receptions (note fieldwork 13-22 Apr).”

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Matthew Smith, Head of Data Journalism for YouGov, said: “Attitudes toward the other two vaccines we have been tracking remain positive – large majorities of people in every country studied express confidence in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

“The only exception is France – the most vaccine-sceptical nation – although here too the vaccine is seen by more as safe (47 percent) than not (30 percent).”

The study was carried out from April 13-22 with a sample size of 1,672 GB adults, 2,024 German adults, 1,022 French adults, 1,016 Italian adults, 1,050 Spanish adults, 1,004 Danish adults and 1,017 Swedish adults.

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