Bangladesh and Rwanda have the highest levels of confidence in vaccines in the world, says a survey.
Rwanda also has the highest trust in its healthcare, at 97 percent, against a global average of 76 percent, shows the study by the Global Trust.
France has the highest level of distrust at 33 percent.
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Around the globe, 84 percent people acknowledge that vaccines are effective and 92 percent say their children have received vaccines. But in spite of good healthcare and education systems, in parts of Europe there is low trust in vaccines.
A global survey of attitudes towards science has revealed the scale of the crisis of confidence in vaccines in Europe, showing that only 59 percent people in western Europe and 50 percent in the east think vaccines are safe, compared to 79 percent worldwide.
“In developing countries, where deadly diseases like diphtheria, measles or whooping cough are more common, I’ve seen mothers queue for hours to make sure their child is vaccinated,” said Seth Berkley, the chief executive of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. “It is in wealthier countries, where we no longer see the terrible impact these preventable diseases can have, that people are more reticent. This reticence is a luxury we can ill afford.”