Used for more than a thousand years, vaccination is the best method to prevent infectious diseases. It has eliminated smallpox, polio, measles and tetanus from most parts of the world. Despite this success, the anti-vaccination movement has many supporters and gained popularity, so much so that experts fear the return of nearly eradicated diseases. At present, several campaigns are underway to vaccinate against the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that causes Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Scientists welcome the first compelling evidence that vaccines can prevent COVID-19 – but questions remain about how much protection they offer, and for how long.
If approval comes before clinical trials end, this could complicate the study of vaccines’ long-term effects
Governments that are considering compulsory immunizations must avoid stoking anti-vaccine sentiment, argue Saad B. Omer, Cornelia Betsch and Julie Leask.
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