24% of Spaniards would be vaccinated as soon as possible, terrifying leadership

24% of Spaniards would be vaccinated as soon as possible, terrifying leadership

A survey conducted by 40dB for the Spanish paper EL PAIS found out that 24% of people surveyed would get vaccinated as soon as a vaccine is available. 

Pfizer announced on Monday that they have developed a vaccine together with BioNTech that was 90% effective. Stock markets were turbulent and leaders around the world announced their desire to supply the vaccine to their population as soon as possible. 

With the global population being sceptical of a vaccine that has been developed only months after the outbreak of the pandemic, Spanish paper EL PAIS called the results worrying. 

Other surveys conducted in October stated that a whopping 40% would get vaccinated immediately, raising questions whether public opinion has changed, or sample groups were different. 

This is not a phenomenon existing only in Spain. Other researches conducted in countries like France, Italy or the United States indicated, that the public trust in a vaccine is shifting and the willingness of the population to get vaccinated is shrinking.

While roughly 30% of elderly people surveyed said they would get vaccinated immediately, 18% of the age group 25-34 would feel comfortable to get vaccinated. 

Another interesting outcome of the 40dB survey states that left leaning participants are less reluctant to get vaccinated and attend anti-lockdown protest whereas right leaning participants are less keen to get vaccinated and appear to oppose the lockdown measures more. 

Over the years, Media outlets have gained a level of trust and accountability. Unfortunately, we have seen time after time that this image has been abused and they have become partisan outlets for political and strategical gains. I believe that the first job of a journalist is to deliver the news impartially and outlets have to distinguish between news broadcasting and opinion delivery.

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