The head of the Ministry of health Suprun said about the relationship between the rise of populism in European countries and level of distrust of vaccination, as evidenced by the study, University of London Queen Mary. About Suprun April 5, wrote on his page in Facebook.
“The researchers analyzed the spread of populism at the national level. This considered the percentage of people who voted for populist parties in the European Parliament elections in 2014. Then, with these figures compared the percentage of people who consider the vaccines dangerous and ineffective according to the Vaccine Confidence Project (2015), which interviewed more than 65 thousand people in 67 countries. It turned out that the percentage of public support of political populism and distrust of vaccines was on a very intimate level in each of the countries,” said Suprun.
According to her, the more support received populist parties, the more citizens believed that vaccines are not important. For example, in Greece in the years 2014-2015 more than 30% of the population voted for the populist party and about 25% of the population believe that vaccines are dangerous. “The resistance to vaccination and political populism caused by similar dynamics – a strong distrust of elites, state institutions and experts. This is especially noticeable in the countries of Western Europe. In Italy one of the populist movements expressed concerns about vaccine safety and the link between the MMR vaccine (against measles, mumps, rubella) and autism. Scientists say that this was the reason for the decline in vaccination coverage 90% in 2013 to 85% in 2016. As a consequence, in the country has increased the number of measles cases from 840 in 2016 to 5 thousand in 2017”, – said the head of Ministry of health.
Suprun noted that the proposal to have the opportunity to refuse vaccination was expressed by the representatives of left-wing government of Greece. At the same time, since the beginning of 2019 in Greece was recorded the spread of fake messages trolls – like the Centers for control and prevention of diseases (CDC) acknowledged that the MMR vaccine cause autism. These messages, according to the head of the Ministry of health, quickly spread Russian bots and trolls that fueled antivaccinationist discourse on Twitter. “In France, the populist wing has also expressed concerns about vaccine safety and laws that make vaccination mandatory for all children. In this country the problem is compounded by a strong level of distrust of doctors to vaccine studies indicate that more than 40 % of them do not offer parents to vaccinate their children,” said Suprun.
According to her, in Western Europe, the populist parties support a significant portion of the population with low living standards and a deep distrust of the government. “Ukraine is not unique with its problems, moreover, these global trends are manifested and the us. Undermining national security by fostering distrust of public institutions and dissemination of fakes, lies and half-truths is a very effective technology. A “vaccine” to invent together. To do this we must honestly and critically talk about issues and hear each other. For a start,” concluded the head of the Ukrainian Ministry of health.