What is the anti-vaccine movement and what does it mean for Covid vaccines?

The anti-vaccine movement has existed since the beginning of mass vaccinations. But anti-vaxxers have been gaining ground in recent years, with cases of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles rising sharply. The 2020 pandemic and development of a COVID-19 vaccine have further fuelled fears and anti-vaccine sentiments around the world. One in three respondents said they wouldn’t get a COVID vaccine, according to an Ipsos survey for the World Economic Forum. What are vaccine sceptics afraid of?

Take a closer look at the history of the anti-vaccine movement, vaccine rumours and whether they’re going to affect a future COVID-19 vaccine uptake. We speak to both supporters and opponents of vaccination.

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