AstraZeneca fears skepticism against fuel vaccine in Ivory Coast

Nearly two months after the delivery of half a million doses of Astrazeneca vaccines, Ivorian authorities are struggling to draw people to vaccination centers amid fears for Jab’s safety and widespread misinformation. FRANCE 24’s Thaïs Brouck and Sam Bradpiece have this report.

Less than 0.5% of Côte d’Ivoire’s population of 25 million has so far been vaccinated, making the prospect of the West African country achieving herd immunity a remote mirage.

The campaign has been hampered by the decision to discontinue the AstraZeneca vaccine in a number of European countries due to fears of blood clots.

Belief in the jab has also been undermined by doubts about its effectiveness against the 501YV2 variant discovered in South Africa, along with rumors and misinformation on social media.

“There are many people who are very hesitant,” said Dr Adèle Telly, director of the Parc des Sports Vaccination Center in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire’s most populous city. “So really, we need to intensify our communication efforts to convince people to get vaccinated.”

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