Interesting table in this Kevin Drum post. The US is in the middle of the pack with 69% agreeing about getting a Covid vaccine.
France is at the bottom with just 40%. This didn’t surprise me because I had read about French anti-vax sentiment on Twitter a year or two back but it did surprise me then. My impression of France till then been of a relatively rational country: land of Descartes and Voltaire.
All this didn’t matter all that much before Covid but it may matter a lot for the uptake of Covid vaccines in different countries and in turn the speed of recovery. So what is going on? Looking at the list of countries I don’t see much pattern at all. Among Western countries perhaps Anglophone countries have somewhat more confidence in vaccines than Continental European ones. I wonder what the polls say in smaller European countries.