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COVID-19 vaccines are not effective without trust

There are three things that must be done before a vaccine can works. The vaccine must have a significant effect against the disease it is to protect against. It has to be secure, and then the people who are going to use it have to trust it. Without trust, it does not matter if there is a vaccine. But where does trust or mistrust of vaccines, health authorities and medical doctors come from? Who benefits from it, and what does it mean for society that we believe or distrust the stories we are told?

Professor David Budtz Pedersen from Aalborg University talks to science journalist Jens Degett about the mechanisms that create confidence or mistrust in the upcoming vaccines against SARS-CoV-2.

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