20.07.2021 – 20:53
By Andrea Walton “Il Giornale”
The vaccination campaign against Covid-19 is rightly considered the most effective means of overcoming the pandemic. But there are those who are not convinced by this thesis, and refuse vaccination. Some of them believe that the vaccine is capable of causing serious side effects in the distant future, which have not been detected by continuous tests, so they are very afraid for their health.
There are others who believe that the current pandemic is a giant invention, and the result of a scheme devised by the omnipotent rulers of the world today, and that Covid-19 itself does not exist.
Then there are those who for reasons of age underestimate the risk of disease, but also those who want to be vaccinated but prefer to wait leaving others to be vaccinated before them, while they themselves will decide a little later.
In short, this is the diverse “galaxy” of vaccine opponents. It is not a compact group of strange characters. Rather, it includes a host of people associated with conspiracy theories and radical ideas, who are more or less convinced that they are right in what they claim.
France: 2 in 10 citizens are opposed to vaccines
According to a poll conducted by the Opinion Way polling institute at the end of May, 65 percent of French people have been vaccinated or intend to do so in the future. 13 percent were undecided, while 20 percent openly showed hostility to the anti-Covid vaccine.
The data collected match the forecast made by the French Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, according to which in the end 80 percent of the population will choose to be vaccinated. As reported by the portal Thelocal.fr referring to previous polls, France has been a skeptical nation but not against vaccines, with many people still not deciding whether to be vaccinated or not, and that they would like to see once again which are Side effects.
And the theory seems to have stood the test of time. The June 20 and 27 regional elections were marred by a series of candidates who are public opponents of vaccines, or who refuse to wear masks, as well as conspiracy theorists who used the health crisis to enter politics. But their results were disappointing, and no one managed to get more than 1 percent of the vote.
Germany: The rise of conspiracy theorists
However, Germany has an anti-vaccine movement that enjoys excellent “health”, and that includes conspiracy theorists and far-right and far-right spiritualists.
The anti-blockade alliance, which was attended by ordinary citizens and extremists grouped under the Querdenken organization, believes the pandemic response is part of a larger plot, and in at least one case up to 40,000 people protested against the measures. public health authorities, such as closing stores or requiring masks to be worn.
In late December 2020, when the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine were distributed, a series of posts were posted on social media in which it was wrongly claimed that the vaccine causes infertility. Their perpetrators were skeptics over the coronavirus pandemic.
In some cases, according to The Atlantic, opponents of vaccines have links to anti-Semitic movements. It is about the positions of some minorities within the society, but still not insignificant. One-third of Germans believe in conspiracy narratives, and according to the Jewish World Congress, 27 percent of them have anti-Semitic beliefs, and that percentage
it is growing.
Romania and Bulgaria: Growing skepticism about vaccines
Among the countries with the lowest vaccination rates among Europeans are Romania and Bulgaria. In Romania the problem is that almost 50 percent of the population is not convinced that it should be vaccinated.
According to Andrei Baciu, the government’s expert on the coronavirus response, this percentage includes pragmatists who are willing to compromise, as well as those who are adamant opponents. The rural population has great difficulty accessing vaccination centers, and Baciu is trying to solve this problem in different ways,
such as building mobile centers.
Another way to convince pragmatists is to use some well-known public figures as promoters of the vaccination campaign. The staunch opponents, says Baciu, are a very small and narrow minority.
Meanwhile, 22 per cent of Bulgarians say they refuse to be vaccinated. Distrust of vaccines is very present not only in the elderly, but also in some doctors. The issue is so divisive that it pushed politicians on the eve of the April parliamentary elections not to deal with the issue at all to avoid defeat.
of votes and popularity. Serious shortcomings regarding the distribution and storage of vaccines did not help either.
UK: Withdrawal of vaccine opponents
According to the Office for National Statistics, only 6 per cent of British adults reported being reluctant to get vaccinated. However, the number of hesitants is declining among young people but also within Asian and black communities.
So the vaccine movement is losing its strength across the country, although there are some exceptions from its more determined supporters. Thousands of demonstrators marched in central London a few weeks ago, in what was likely the largest anti-blockade protest in the UK.
Among the theories circulating among the protesters was that anti-Covid vaccines were a chemical weapon created by the government to reduce the population in the country. The Center for Combating Digital Hate, which monitors vaccine groups around the world,
said the movement in Britain is small when compared to that of other European nations.
One of its most important branches, Save Our Rights UK, has only 10,000 followers on the Telegram social network. Nearly 44 million people, or 83.3 per cent of the adult population in the UK, had received at least one dose of the vaccine by 26 June. An impressive figure that leaves no room for doubt.