Many believe that scientists will find a vaccine against the coronavirus in 2020

Wuhan virusIn this Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, photo, an employee works in the pop-up Huoyan Laboratory specialized in the nucleic acid test on 2019-nCoV in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. The coronavirus continues to spread as of Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, China reported more than 31,000 cases. (Chinatopix via AP)

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In a new study, just over half say they have confidence that scientists will find a vaccine against the coronavirus in 2020.

The study was carried out by Kantar on behalf of the Research Council (Forskningsrådet). It was sent out to 4,000 people, of whom 1538 responded.

“Developing a new vaccine is a comprehensive process. If everything goes very quickly, we can have a positive result by the end of this year,” says John-Arne Røttingen, CEO of the Research Council.

He thinks it is uplifting that so many people answer that they have confidence in scientists.

When asked if they trust that researchers will find a vaccine against the coronavirus in 2020, 42 per cent responded that they have quite a lot of confidence, and 14 per cent that they have a lot of confidence.

When asked if they trust scientists to disseminate all the information they have about the coronavirus, 44 percent say they have quite a lot of confidence and 44 percent say they have a lot of confidence.

10 per cent say they have little confidence that scientists share everything they know.

“There’s still a lot we don’t know. So, it’s no wonder that as many as one in ten Norwegians interpret this as scientists not telling the truth,” Røttingen says.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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1 Comment on "Many believe that scientists will find a vaccine against the coronavirus in 2020"

  1. Meanwhile, regarding the usefulness of facemasks, there have been these recent articles:

    Science magazine: “Would everyone wearing face masks help us slow the pandemic?,” by Kelly Servick (She says yes.)

    Guardian: “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: When and how to use masks” (Says facemasks can cut down to 20% the amount of disease getting out.)

    Business Insider: “How to make an effective face mask at home,” by Kelly Burch, Mar 28, 2020

    European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, An agency of the European Union: “Cloth masks and mask sterilisation as options in case of shortage of surgical masks and respirators, Technical report, 26 Mar 2020”

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