Wednesday May 22, 2019

Public mistrust of vaccines likely to cause outbreak of diseases like measles: Researchers

Europe showed the lowest level of confidence, driven largely by France where 41 percent of the population questions the safety of vaccines

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Representational Image of Scientist working on Vaccines. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Public mistrust of vaccines is causing the outbreak of diseases like measles, according to researchers.

Scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Imperial College London and the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health in Singapore questioned 66,000 people across 67 countries to discover their views on whether vaccines are important, safe, effective and compatible with their religious beliefs.

Lack of Confidence in Vaccines. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Vaccines. Wikimedia

People in southeast Asia showed the highest level of confidence in vaccines, with Africa second.

Yellow fever

The survey comes as a major yellow fever vaccination program is under way in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola.

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An outbreak of the disease has killed hundreds of people. The World Health Organization aims to vaccinate more than 15 million people in both countries.

“If everyone agrees to be vaccinated, we can eradicate yellow fever from our country,” said Mosala Mireille, one of the head doctors overseeing the program in Kinshasa.

Europe showed the lowest level of confidence, driven largely by France where 41 percent of the population questions the safety of vaccines.

Scares dent public confidence

Doctor Heidi Larson from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine says recent high-profile press coverage in France of vaccine scares has dented public confidence.

“Anxieties about links between Hepatitis B [vaccines] and multiple sclerosis several years ago, scientifically deemed unlinked, but still caused anxiety,” Larson said. “There still is today concerns about side effects related to the HPV vaccine, again not scientifically confirmed.”

Mistrust in France was also driven by the response to the H1N1 flu outbreak fears in 2009, when the government spent $1.4 billion on 94 million doses of the vaccine. The majority were sold off or destroyed.

Larson fears the consequences of that mistrust.

“We will get some combination of influenza strains that will be very fatal,” Larson said. “And if we have such poor compliance with a pandemic vaccine in the future, I would be very worried about that.”

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Researchers warn that decreases in confidence can lead to people refusing vaccines, which in turn can trigger disease outbreaks. But the study found a high level of global support for vaccinating children against disease. (VOA)

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Honor Announces Launch of Honor 20 Series at London

The company launched the smartphone with the base 4GB RAM+64GB storage variant costing Rs 13,999 and the 6GB RAM+64GB storage model priced Rs 17,999

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Honor View 20 to launch in India for nearly Rs 40,000. Flickr

Chinese smartphone maker and Huawei’s sub-brand Honor on Monday announced to launch a new “Honor 20 series” globally at a London event on May 21.

There will be a couple of industry-first smartphones across price-ranges, and will hit the India market later, the company informed.

Honor 20 series is the successor to the Honor 10 series. The series may include Honor 20, Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20A, Honor 20C and Honor 20X, according to media reports.

Honor 20 will be a flagship phone with the Kirin 980 processor.

Reports say that the device will have a triple rear camera setup, including a massive 48MP primary sensor, 20MP secondary sensor and another 8MP sensor.

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Honor.

“It will have a 32MP selfie camera, a 3,650mAh battery and run Android 9 Pie out of the box. There is no info on the Honor 20 Pro but we expect a bigger display, a bigger battery, and a different camera configuration,” reports GizmoChina.

In March, Honor launched a 3GB RAM+32GB internal storage variant of its recently launched “10 Lite” smartphone for Rs 11,999 in India.

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Powered by the Kirin 710 chipset and 3,400mAh battery, the smartphone features a 13MP+2MP dual rear camera set-up and a 24MP Artificial Intelligence (AI) selfie camera packed in a dewdrop display.

Earlier in January, the company launched the smartphone with the base 4GB RAM+64GB storage variant costing Rs 13,999 and the 6GB RAM+64GB storage model priced Rs 17,999. (IANS)