Japan and Ukraine most likely to doubt safety of vaccines

But countries in South Asia and East Africa overwhelmingly agree vaccines are safe, global survey finds.

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People living in wealthy countries are more likely to question the safety of vaccines than are those living in poorer ones, according to a worldwide survey on public attitudes to science and health.

More than 140,000 people from around 140 countries gave their views on the safety and efficacy of vaccinations as part of an almost two-year project funded by London-based biomedical research charity Wellcome.

The results of the Wellcome Global Monitor, published on 19 June, suggest that 79% of people worldwide agree, to some extent, that vaccinations are safe.

By: Holly Else/Nature News

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