This second pandemic: “fake news” about these same vaccines.
“To defeat Covid-19, we must also defeat the parallel distrust pandemic, which is constantly hampering our collective response to this disease and which could undermine our overall ability to vaccinate against it,” he said.
The leader of the world’s largest humanitarian aid network said his organization shared the “sense of relief and optimism”
Distrust is growing around other health measures
At the same time, there is growing distrust of other public health interventions that must continue during the pandemic.
“This high level of mistrust has been evident since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and has clearly facilitated the transmission of the virus at all levels,” he said.
“It’s not just a matter of mistrust. It’s a matter of information,” Roca said. “Surprisingly, there are still communities around the world that are unaware of the pandemic.”
Such communities are usually vulnerable and marginalized and live outside the reach of typical communication channels, he said. He gave the example of Pakistan, citing a federation survey that found 10% of respondents did not know about Covid-19.
“We believe that the enormous coordinated efforts that will be needed to introduce the Covid vaccine in a fair way must be matched by an equally massive effort to proactively build and protect trust,” Roca said.
Roca’s comments echoed the words of scholars from around the world.
CNN’s late Rahim contributed to this report.