11.15am update: 53% would be certain or very likely to get coronavirus vaccine
Just over half the UK population would be certain or very likely to have a vaccine against coronavirus if one becomes available, research suggests.
The research by King’s College London and Ipsos Mori, based on 2,237 interviews with UK residents aged 16-75, found that 53 percent would be certain or very likely to get a coronavirus vaccine, while one in five (20 percent) would be fairly likely to have it.
Some 16 percent said they are unlikely to or definitely will not have a vaccine against coronavirus.
Professor Bobby Duffy, director of the Policy Institute at King’s College London, said: “Misperceptions about vaccines are among our most directly damaging beliefs, and they’re clearly influencing people’s intentions during the coronavirus crisis.
“While one in six in the UK say they are unlikely to, or definitely won’t, get a potential vaccine against Covid-19, this rises to around a third or more among certain groups, with a clear link to belief in conspiracy theories and mistrust of government, authority and science.
“Vaccines are one of our greatest achievements, and there is a great deal of faith that we’ll eventually develop one for Covid-19 – but more still need to be convinced of how important it could be for ending this crisis.”
11am update: Hong Kong confirms 72 further cases
Hong Kong has reported 72 new coronavirus cases of which 63 were locally transmitted.
A total of more than 4,000 infections have been confirmed in Hong Kong.