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Health Highlights: Feb. 4, 2021

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter

COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Is Growing Around the World: Study

People's willingness to get a COVID-19 vaccine is on the rise in a number of countries worldwide, a new survey shows.

Overall, 54% of more than 13,500 respondents in 15 countries would get a vaccine if it was offered to them, compared with 41% in November, CNN reported.

There were increases in 11 of the countries, according to the poll by the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London, which surveyed respondents four times between November and mid-January.

"It is very encouraging to see that, as a number of safe and effective coronavirus vaccines are being rolled out across the world, there has been an apparent positive shift in people's perceptions of these products," Dr. David Nabarro, institute co-director, said in a statement, CNN reported.

Countries included in the survey were: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

People in the U.K. were most likely to strongly agree with getting a COVID-19 shot (70%), while those in France were least likely (30%).

The United States wasn't included, but a CNN poll conducted in mid-January found that 66% of Americans said they would get a COVID-19 vaccine, compared with 51% in October.

Access to COVID-19 vaccines remains a challenge. About 54% of people taking part in the survey said it would be difficult to get a vaccine. People in South Korea and Japan reported the greatest difficulties in access, while those in Norway and Denmark reported the least.

"As vaccines will play a vital role in controlling the pandemic, leaders must act now to help more people understand the benefits of being vaccinated against COVID-19 and make sure that no one is left behind," Nabarro said.

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