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COVID-19 Economic Effects And Vaccine Hesitancy Across The World

From Gallup - Gallup surveyed more than 300,000 people in 2020 and found that approximately only 38 of the 116 countries and territories surveyed had results that indicated that 70% or more of the population would choose to be vaccinated. Experts believe a 70% - 90% vaccination threshold must be achieved in order for a country to reach a state of herd immunity.


Gallup found that approximately 29% of people worldwide said they did not wish to get vaccinated.


Myanmar, located on China's southern border, had 96% of participants state that they planned to get vaccinated, the highest of any country or territory surveyed.


Gallup's research indicated that people in Eastern Europe and in former Soviet states were among the least likely in the world to get vaccinated.


The following countries had between 80% and 89% of survey participants indicate that they planned to get vaccinated:

  • Bangladesh

  • Cambodia

  • Denmark

  • Egypt

  • Ethiopia

  • Iceland

  • India

  • Laos

  • Mauritius

  • Nepal

  • Nicaragua

  • Saudi Arabia

  • Sri Lanka

  • Thailand

  • Vietnam


The following countries had between 70% and 79% of survey participants indicate that they planned to get vaccinated:

  • Australia

  • Brasil

  • Colombia

  • Cost Rica

  • Ecuador

  • El Salvador

  • Germany

  • Guatamala

  • Honduras

  • Indonesia

  • Iran

  • Ireland

  • Japan

  • Kenya

  • Malasia

  • Mexico

  • Norway

  • Peru

  • Tanzania

  • United Kingdom

  • Uzbekistan

  • Zimbabwe


Gallup also noted that data may change over time as public trust continues to change over the course of the vaccine rollout. For example, when the survey was first conducted in the U.S. in September and October of 2020, only 53% of participants stated that they intended to get vaccinated; however, by March of 2021, a few months into the vaccine rollout, 74% of American participants indicated that they would get vaccinated.


Gallup's survey also measured some of the economic impacts of COVID-19, finding that more than 1 billion people lost their jobs because of COVID-19, and another 1.9 billion were put out of work temporarily.


The following countries had more than half of participants indicate that they had lost their jobs because of the pandemic:

  • Honduras

  • India

  • Kenya

  • Peru

  • Philippines

  • Thailand

  • Zimbabwe


Economically, European countries appeared to be the least affected by the pandemic. In Switzerland, only 3% of participants indicated losing their jobs. In Germany, only 6% of participants indicated that they stopped working temporarily. In Sweden, only 17% of participants surveyed indicated working fewer hours because of the pandemic.

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