Ethiopian Researchers Probe Lack of COVID-19 Vaccine Equity & Need for Far Better Communications

Recently a team of Ethiopia-based researchers investigated vaccine hesitancy among people at greater risk to COVID-19 in that East African nation. Led by corresponding author Firmosa Bekele from Mettu University’s College of Health Science, Department of Pharmacy the study team commenced to better understand vaccine acceptance among people with chronic illness in places like Ethiopia. They found a great reluctance in developing nations, especially among chronic disease patients, due to fear of unexpected adverse events and that was of particular concern in places like Ethiopia. The study team recommends that policy makers, community leaders and governments work more effectively together to increase vaccine acceptance. Underlying the premise of this study is the assumption that the current batch of vaccines stop viral transmission and that if low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) fail to vaccinate their populations new variants may emerge and spread. Consequently, framing this study is the importance of universal vaccination as a means of eradicating SARS-CoV-2.

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This study comes out of Ethiopia—a large place with about 115 million people residing ...

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