'Fake news' about a Covid-19 vaccine has become a second pandemic, Il capo della Croce Rossa dice

Covid-19 vaccines are fast approaching, ma una seconda pandemia potrebbe ostacolare gli sforzi per riprendersi dalla prima, secondo il presidente di un gruppo mondiale di aiuti umanitari.

Quella seconda pandemia: “notizie false” about those very vaccines.
Francesco Rocca, president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said in a virtual briefing to the UN Correspondents Association on Monday that governments and institutions needed to implement measures to combat growing mistrust and misinformation.
To beat Covid-19, we also need to defeat the parallel pandemic of mistrust that has consistently hindered our collective response to this disease, and that could undermine our shared ability to vaccinate against it,” Egli ha detto.
    The leader of the world’s largest humanitarian aid network said his organization sharesthe sense of relief and optimismthat developments in Covid-19 vaccines bring. But governments and institutionshave to build trust in the communitieswhere misinformation has taken root, Ha aggiunto.
    There is growing hesitancy about vaccines around the world, particularly the Covid-19 vaccine, said Rocca. He cited a study by Johns Hopkins University nel 67 countries, which found that vaccine acceptance had declined significantly between July and October of this year.

    Distrust is also growing around other health measures

    Allo stesso tempo, distrust is growing around other public health interventions that must continue during the pandemic.
    This high level of mistrust has been evident since the very beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and have clearly facilitated transmission of the virus at all levels,” Egli ha detto.
    The most obvious example, Ha aggiunto, was how many people in the Western world were unwilling to wear face masks. Ancora, Egli ha detto, distrust and misinformation is a global issue.
    This is not just an issue of mistrust. It is an issue of information,” Rocca said. “Surprising as it may seem, there are still communities around the world that are not aware of the pandemic.
    Such communities are typically vulnerable and marginalized, living outside the reach of typical communication channels, Egli ha detto. He gave the example of Pakistan, citing a federation survey that found 10% of respondents didn’t know about Covid-19.
    We believe that the massive coordinated effort that will be needed to roll out the Covid vaccine in an equitable manner, needs to be paralleled by equally massive efforts to proactively build and protect trust,” Rocca said.
      Rocca’s comments echoed the words of scientists across the world.
      Lo scorso mese, British scientists warned that the United Kingdom may not meet the threshold of vaccine uptake to protect the community because of misinformation, mistrust and public hesitancy to take a coronavirus vaccine.

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