Major COVID Vaccine Glitch Emerges: Most Europeans, Including Hospital Staff, Refuse To Take It

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All is not going according to plan in the biggest global rollout of what is arguably the most important vaccine in a century, and it is not just growing US mistrust in the COVID injection effort that was rolled out in record time: an unexpected spike in allergic reactions to the Pfizer/BioNTech (PFE, BNTX) vaccine (and now, Moderna (MRNA) too) may prove catastrophic to widespread acceptance unless scientists can figure out what is causing it after the FDA's rushed approval, and is also why as we reported yesterday, scientists are scrambling to identify the potential culprit causing the allergic reactions.

Making matters worse, Europe rolled out a huge COVID-19 vaccination drive on Sunday to try to rein in the coronavirus pandemic but even more Europeans than American are sceptical about the speed at which the vaccines have been tested and approved and reluctant to have the shot.

While the European Union has secured contracts drugmakers including Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca (AZN), for a total of more than two billion doses and has set a goal for all adults to be inoculated next year, this is looking increasingly like a pipe dream: according to recent surveys, the local population has expressed "high levels of hesitancy" towards inoculation in countries from France to Poland, with many used to vaccines taking decades to develop, not just months.

“I don’t think there’s a vaccine in history that has been tested so quickly,” Ireneusz Sikorski, 41, said as he stepped out of a church in central Warsaw with his two children.

"I am not saying vaccination shouldn’t be taking place. But I am not going to test an unverified vaccine on my children, or on myself."

Smart: why take the risk of getting vaccinated when others will do it, resulting in the same outcome.

Surveys in Poland, where distrust in public institutions runs deep, show that fewer than 40% of people planning to get vaccinated. Worse, according to Reuters on Sunday, only half the medical staff in a Warsaw hospital where the country’s first shot was administered had signed up. And if the doctors don't trust the vaccine, one can be certain that the broader population will refuse to take it.

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Frank J. Williams 4 weeks ago Member's comment

Most people I know are desperate for it and yet there aren't enough doses.

John Michael 4 weeks ago Member's comment

That is not the case in Europe. Granted that there are some people that believe the earth is flat but the statement that hospitals are not vaccinating misleading.

The vaccination process is not being performed at hospitals but at Vaccination centers create for that sole purpose. Hospitals are not involved at all.

The article is the typical article to promote a short attack written most probably by Torquemada and his fellow colleagues

OTH, the *allergic reactions* have occurred so far in 0,00006% of the people vaccinated. People need to compare that to the 0,6% of the U.S. population who is allergic to Peanuts, yes you read it right, *PEANUTS*

0,00006% Allergic reactions to the Vaccine * Versus * 0,6% allergic reactions to PEANUTS.

( 0,6% Allergic reactions in the U.S. Population )

James Goldstein 4 weeks ago Member's comment

IT IS 2020. INVESTORS LOVE STOCK WITH BAD NEWS AND HATE STOCKS WITH GOOD NEWS. HOW ELSE DO YOU EXPLAIN THIS STOCK GOING DOWN EVER SINCE FDA APPROVAL!!!