Health secretary Matt Hancock has warned that conspiracy theorists are putting lives at risk as he hailed positive results in a trial of a new coronavirus vaccine. A vaccine that protects against Covid-19 could be a crucial breakthrough in the fight against the global pandemic.
The government has already ordered millions of doses of different promising candidates.
But experts have warned anti-vaccination campaigners could frighten people so much they resist inoculation, even when it is perfectly safe. A new poll, organised by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, found more than one in four Britons said they would not take a coronavirus vaccine or were still undecided.
Mr Hancock described the update on the vaccine, being developed at the University of Oxford, as “very encouraging news”.
But he hit out at so-called ‘anti-vaxxers” telling MPs: “Those who promulgate lies about vaccines that are safe and have been approved, they are threatening lives.”