Fewer Europeans trust AstraZeneca
Fewer Europeans trust the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after several countries reported side effects such as blood clots, an opinion poll by YouGov showed on Monday, even though scientific studies have found it is safe and effective.
An increased number of French, German, Italian and Spanish adults said they considered the vaccine unsafe, YouGov found, although faith in other vaccines by Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc was unaffected.
61 percent of French adults surveyed said the vaccine was unsafe, a rise of 18 percentage points compared to February, YouGov said.
Over half of German adults surveyed said they thought the vaccine was unsafe, a rise of 15 percentage points compared to February, while 43 percent of Italians had serious doubts, an increase of almost a third.
Spain showed a similar increase to Italy in the level of concern, YouGov said.
Only in Britain was trust in the vaccine stable.
While the European Medicines Agency has investigated reports of unusual blood disorders in recipients of the AstraZeneca vaccine, it said last week the benefits outweighed the risks and continues to recommend its use.