LONDON — Confidence. Complacency. Convenience. Those are the factors the World Health Organization has highlighted as driving the rise of vaccine hesitancy around the world, labelling it one of the biggest threats to global health in 2019.
The rise of the “anti-vax” movement has grabbed headlines over the past year, as Europe and the United States grapple with a loss of trust in the efficacy and safety of vaccines, leading to measles outbreaks on a scale not seen for two decades.
But there’s more to vaccine hesitancy than that. Far less reported, others have become reluctant to accept vaccines, either because they don’t believe they need them as risk levels have dropped, or because of a lack of education about the importance of vaccines, or because they see it as too inconvenient — and this is happening around the world.
Over the past few weeks, Devex has been exploring how the rise of vaccine hesitancy is impacting global health efforts. We saw how it has put aid workers at risk in Pakistan, found out how people are avoiding vaccination requirements in Nigeria, looked at the drivers and potential solutions to the issue globally, and heard from experts about how to rebuild confidence.
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