[Perspectives] Why vaccine rumours stick—and getting them unstuck

Summary: Infectious diseases have long shaped human history, from the plague of Athens (430–427 BCE) that killed around a third of the Athenian population, the Black Death in the 14th century that killed about 30–60% of all Europeans, and the 1918–19 influenza pandemic that took the lives of at least 50 million people globally. In the 8 months since the emergence of SARS-CoV-2, more than 600 000 people worldwide have died from COVID-19 as of July 21, 2020. No sector of society has been spared and the full economic and societal reckoning will be grim by any account.

Source: The Lancet

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