Norwegians believe all countries should have equal access to corona vaccines, new survey shows

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Global corona vaccination progress varies across continents, and Africa lags far behind large parts of the world. Most Norwegians believe that all countries should have equal access to vaccines.

According to a new survey from Opinion, more than three out of four Norwegians said they support equal corona vaccine access for all countries.

A total of 76% support equal vaccine access, a decrease from September when 90% answered the same.

“Throughout the pandemic, Norwegians have stood firm in terms of global vaccine distribution, even though the feeling of solidarity weakened slightly over time,” senior adviser Nora Clausen at Opinion.

At the same time, Norwegians are less and less focused on the virus spreading in Africa. The vaccination has started later there compared to several other continents.

Africa-related concerns

Four out of ten Norwegians answer that they are concerned about the corona situation in Africa. In March last year, six out of ten answered the same.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 1.3 billion people live in Africa, which so far has received less than 2% of the world’s vaccines.

The global Covax scheme aims to ensure global access to corona vaccines. Initially, vaccine progress was fastest in Western countries.

The WHO has made it clear that the global crisis will not over until the people of poorer countries have also been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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