One in five Brits don’t have confidence in new Covid vaccine, survey finds

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One in five people in Britain have expressed lack of confidence that a newly approved coronavirus vaccine is safe, according to a new poll.

A snapshot survey found that 27% said they are very confident the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is safe.

Of the respondents, 43% are fairly confident it is safe, but 11% are not very confident and 9% are not confident at all.

The findings come after the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) approved the vaccine for use to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

The YouGov poll stated that 44% oppose it becoming legally compulsory for all people in Britain to get vaccinated against Covid-19, while 37% supported the suggestion.

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The survey also said that 66% back the idea of Health Secretary Matt Hancock being vaccinated live on TV, while 12% are against such a move.

The Government has ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, enough to vaccinate 20 million people with two doses, given 21 days apart.

It comes after Good Morning Britain's Piers Morgan, Susanna Reid and Dr Hilary Jones all said they would take the newly-approved Pfizer Vaccine live on Monday morning if they were allowed.

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Dr Hilary tried to address the concerns of people who are sceptical of the speed with which the vaccine was approved.

He said yesterday: "It's swift because they have done things at the same time.

"Usually, what they do is phase one, two, three trials, and then they look at the date, then approval takes a while, and then production.

"But they've done it all at the same time, which is good."

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He continued: "They haven't cut corners in doing this, they've just moved swiftly.

"When you think of some of the incompetence we've seen this year, it is really good to see that some things can be done."

Dr Hilary went on: "Give it to the researchers and scientists who know what they're doing – and who I trust at least – then I think we should give them a huge pat on the back."

  • Good Morning Britain
  • Piers Morgan
  • Susanna Reid

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