Government vaccine program scandals only furthers distrust of government vaccines

Americans aren’t the only people on earth who have learned to have a healthy distrust of their government when it comes to vaccines and personal health decisions.

Only 5k out of 90mil Africans have opted for the Coronavirus vaccine.

Doctors and nurses on the continent don’t trust the vaccine either.

When Edith Serem received her COVID-19 vaccination last month at a hospital in Nairobi where she works as a doctor, nurses jokingly warned she might start speaking in a foreign language.

Serem said some colleagues got the AstraZeneca (AZN.L) shot after watching her closely for several days to see if she was okay, but others refused, still wary of possible side effects.

Health experts worry that public scepticism about taking the relatively small number of doses African countries have battled to procure could prolong a pandemic that has already killed more than 3.3 million people worldwide. read more

“I’m not an anti-vaxxer … I have my children vaccinated up to date with everything out there, but this one? I’m not comfortable,” said a doctor in Kenya, who declined to be named as she was not authorised to speak to the media.