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Coronavirus vaccine POLL: Would YOU take vaccine to help end COVID-19 pandemic?

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The latest deal is for vaccines which are currently being worked on as the result of an alliance between the pharmaceutical giants BioNtech and Pfizer as well as the firm Valneva. Last month the Government confirmed it was ordering 100 million doses of a separate vaccine being developed by Oxford University with AstraZeneca – even though there are no guarantees it will actually work.

Meanwhile, dangerous conspiracy theories about vaccinations are commonplace, and could threaten the effectiveness of such treatments if enough people buy into them.

Opposition centres on a number of unproven claims, including the false suggestion vaccinations cause autism, contain unsafe toxins and even that they infect children with the diseases they are supposed to protect them from.

These theories are all rejected in the mainstream scientific and medical communities.

Rapper and producer Kanye West, who recently announced his intention to run for President of the United States, is among those voicing scepticism, having claimed any potential coronavirus vaccine could “stop people getting to heaven” – even though the rapper himself was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this year.

West said: “It’s so many of our children that are being vaccinated and paralysed.

“So when they say the way we’re going to fix COVID is with a vaccine, I’m extremely cautious. That’s the mark of the beast.”

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“I think both you and I will have had the experience of being vaccinated, our children will have been vaccinated.

“It is contingent on a very high proportion of the population taking these vaccines in order to be able to create the immunity across the whole of society.

“So it is a responsibility that I am sure the British people will recognise because it is for their safety, it is for their good and the good of the wider society as well.

Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, told the Daily Mail: “The figures suggesting many people might refuse a vaccine are depressing, and actually incredibly selfish.

“As a doctor, I have known children die, who would have survived if they had been vaccinated, and if people do not get vaccinated for coronavirus, other people such as their grandparents could die.

“There is a great deal of misinformation on the internet, and the risks of vaccines have been maliciously overestimated.”

Speaking about the latest deal, Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: “The hunt to find a vaccine is a truly global endeavour and we are doing everything we can to ensure the British public get access to a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible.

“This new partnership with some of the world’s foremost pharmaceutical and vaccine companies will ensure the UK has the best chance possible of securing a vaccine that protects those most at risk.”

Kate Bingham, chairwoman of the UK Vaccine Taskforce, stressed the aim was “to find vaccines for the UK, but also to ensure that any successful vaccine is distributed across the globe, so that anybody who is at risk of infection is vaccinated”.

Speaking to Sky News, she said: “We’re not pursuing a strategy of vaccine nationalism.

“We are recognising that this is a global pandemic and we need to ensure that the globe – and all those who need it – are vaccinated.”



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