Lisa Taylor receives Covid-19 vaccination from RN Jose Muniz as she participates in a vaccine study at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida on Aug. 7, 2020.
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Around 74% of adults worldwide want to get immunized against the coronavirus when a vaccine becomes available. However, according to a poll released Tuesday, this may not be enough to defeat the fast-spreading virus.
The survey by the World Economic Forum and market research company Ipsos surveyed almost 20,000 adults in 27 countries for two weeks – between July 24th and August 7th this year.
A majority of respondents from all countries expressed their willingness to be vaccinated, as the survey results showed. China was the most enthusiastic country to say they wanted to be vaccinated, at 97% of respondents, while Russia was the least interested at just 54%, according to the survey.
Still, it is worrying that around a quarter of people worldwide do not want to receive a vaccine, said an expert at the World Economic Forum.
"The 26% lack of vaccine confidence is significant enough to affect the effectiveness of introducing a COVID-19 vaccine," said Arnaud Bernaert, director of shaping the future of health and healthcare at WEF.
Covid-19 is the official name of the coronavirus disease that has infected more than 25.4 million people and killed over 850,500 people worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The most common reason given for not having a vaccine, according to survey results, is concerns about the side effects. Other factors mentioned by respondents include the perception that a vaccine may not be effective and that the virus is not sufficiently at risk, the survey found.
Here are a few more highlights from the survey:
In the United States, the country with the highest number of cumulative cases and deaths, 67% of respondents said they would receive a vaccine and less than half – or around 41% – of respondents worldwide expect to have a vaccine this year Available to the public China was most optimistic about the availability of a vaccine in 2020, while respondents from Poland and Japan were most skeptical. Only 34% of Americans expect a coronavirus vaccine to be ready this year.
Measures to contain the virus such as border closings and restrictions on movement have led to a collapse in global economic activity. Many governments and people are now hoping for a vaccine to restore normalcy to the world, but the World Health Organization has warned that a vaccine alone may not end the pandemic.
According to the WHO, at least 30 potential vaccines are currently in clinical trials.
– CNBC's Berkeley Lovelace Jr. contributed to this report.