Survey: Three out of four Norwegians would postpone their third dose to vaccinate more people in developing countries

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73% of Norwegians are willing to postpone receiving their third dose of the corona vaccine for six months to get more people vaccinated in developing countries, a new survey shows.

At the same time, 15% of respondents were against postponing their third dose to get more people vaccinated in developing countries. The survey was conducted by Mindshare and Respons Analysis for Norwegian People’s Aid. 

The proportion of those in favor of postponing the third dose was highest among young people and lowest among those aged 55 and up.

Norwegian People’s Aid believes that Norway is too slow when it comes to sharing vaccines.

“Norway promised to share 5 million vaccines in June. Three months later, only 10% of the target sum has been shared,” Secretary-General Henriette Westhrin said.

WHO request

In August, the WHO requested that countries with a high vaccination rate postpone the third dose of the corona vaccine until 10% of the population in all countries has been vaccinated. Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) rejected the request. 

Westhrin believes the figures show that Høie went against the will of the people.

“Here, the government is going against what the majority of the population wants. We know that no one is safe until everyone is safe, and it is good to see this solidarity among the population,” she said.

According to WHO figures, more than half of the population in rich countries has received at least one vaccine dose, while just over 1% have received the first dose in developing countries.

A total of 1,228 people participated in the survey.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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