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Portuguese show greatest desire to be vaccinated against coronavirus

Christian Fernsby |
A survey has shown that the Portuguese are among the Europeans who show the greatest desire to be vaccinated against coronavirus, with three out of four expressing this intention when a vaccine becomes available.

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A study by the Faculty of Economics of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa shows that 70 percent of Portuguese people are “completely confident” that a vaccine against coronavirus wouldbe safe, with the percentage of confidence rising in those between 55 and 64 years old, of which 79 percent believe in their safety.

Researchers from Nova SBE joined teams from the University of Hamburg, Rotterdam Erasmus University and Bocconi University to understand how the European population as a whole looks at the pandemic and how much they trust the decisions of policy makers.

For this, they carried out an online study in two phases, which covered, in each one, more than 7,000 participants from seven European countries (Germany, Denmark, France, Holland, Italy, Portugal and the United Kingdom) taking into account facors such as region, age, gender and education.

Between the first wave of inquiries, which took place between the 2nd and 15th April 2020, and the second, which took place between 9th and 22nd June, the Portuguese remain the Europeans who show greater desire to be vaccinated against coronavirus (75 percent). A slight increase in the willingness to be vaccinated was observed in the respondents, aged between 55 and 64 years.

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