Most Poles do not want Russian, Chinese vaccines

While only 19% of respondents believe the government should buy the Russian vaccine, 26% are in favour of purchasing the Chinese one, according to a survey carried out by Pollster Research Centre for the Super Express tabloid. [Shutterstock/vaalaa]

The vast majority of Poles do not want the government to use COVID-19 vaccines from China or Russia, a poll released on Saturday (6 March) showed.

While only 19% of respondents believe the government should buy the Russian vaccine, 26% are in favour of purchasing the Chinese jab, according to a survey carried out by Pollster Research Centre for the Super Express tabloid.

However, virologist professor Wlodzimierz Gut told Super Express that these “vaccines meet international requirements,” and are based on the same factors as the other vaccines.

“Unfortunately, Poles have Russophobia and bad experiences because of sellers who import the worst products from China, including medicines,” he added. 

According to another survey conducted by Rp.pl, 6.8% of respondents said they were ready to get the Chinese vaccine, while 7.7% saying they would get the Russian one. By comparison, 59.2% of the respondents said they would not get any of the vaccines and 26.3% said they had no opinion on the matter.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday began a rolling review of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine in a first step towards granting the approval of the jab across the EU.

On 1 March, it was reported that President Andrzej Duda had spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the possibility of purchasing a coronavirus vaccine from China. So far, Hungary is the only EU country where the Chinese vaccine has been approved for use.

(Mateusz Kucharczyk | EURACTIV.pl)

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