Results from the study, conducted by research agency ORB International, revealed a sizeable portion of the UK population may reject a vaccine – hugely undermining the efforts to end the outbreak.
The study, conducted by research agency ORB International, should set alarm bells ringing in Westminster, where fears of a second wave of infections are rife.
Those surveyed were asked if they agreed with the phrase: “I would not want to be vaccinated against the coronavirus if a high-quality vaccine were available.”
The study of 2,065 people revealed around 13 percent would be unwilling to be vaccinated, despite the UK having the highest infection and death toll in Europe.
A further 14 percent said they were unsure.
Up to 16 percent of women said they would refuse a vaccine compared to just 12 percent of men.
Those aged 25 to 34 were opposed to the life-saving vaccine the most with 22 percent refusing.
Only nine percent of people aged over 65 would refuse the treatment.
Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, said: “If we get an effective vaccine, and almost everyone takes it up, overnight all the restrictions can stop and life will return to normal like it was before March, with no social distancing or restrictions.
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“This new partnership with some of the world’s foremost pharmaceutical and vaccine companies will ensure the UK has the best chance possible of securing a vaccine that protects those most at risk,” business minister Alok Sharma said today.
Financial terms to the deal were not confirmed by Mr Sharma.
These deals come after it was previously announced pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca agreed to produce 100 million doses of a vaccine being developed at Oxford University.
There is currently no vaccine able to combat against the deadly virus which has killed more than 600,000 people globally.
The UK has one of the highest death rates around the world with the US and Brazil topping the charts.
Other countries have since been forced to go back into lockdown following a rise in cases.
Spain and China are among those forced to reintroduce strict lockdown measures as experts warn of a more deadlier second spike.
In the UK, Leicester was the first city to go into a regional lockdown as cases continued to rise.
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8.15am update: Labour’s shadow education secretary warns childcare providers will be out of business
Kate Green warned one in four childcare providers believe they will not be in business by the end of the year.
She told BBC Breakfast: “The problem for childcare providers is that lack of capacity means a lack of income and some of them are becoming financially unviable.
“So the consequence of less demand is that it’s possible, and indeed the childcare providers are saying this, that some of them will go out of business altogether.
“One in four think they may not still be around within the year, and that’s really worrying when parents need to find childcare places so they can go back to work and know that their children are being looked after safely.”
8am update: Cluster of cases confirmed at NHS Test and Trace call centre in North Lankarshire
Over the weekend, staff at the NHS centre were notified about “potentially linked cases” of infections in the area.
The cases flared up at the Sitel site in Motherwell.
An NHS Test and Trace spokesperson said: “We are aware of a local outbreak of Covid-19 at the Sitel site in Motherwell.
“This is being managed by Sitel and colleagues in NHS Lanarkshire, who are following appropriate test and protect action in line with Scottish Government advice.
“We take the safety and wellbeing of our staff very seriously.
“Everyone at the site is currently working from home while a deep clean takes place, and will be offered a test within the next 24 hours.”
Dr David Cromie, NHS Lanarkshire consultant in public health medicine, added: “We became aware this morning of a number of potentially linked cases of coronavirus in Lanarkshire.
“We instigated some immediate measures to reduce risk and are currently investigating the situation.”
Scotland recorded 23 new cases of coronavirus, the highest increase in almost a month.
Three of these cases were in the Lanarkshire health board area.
Since then the figure has risen in the last five days but no futher deaths have been recorded.
It is the highest record for new cases since June 21, when there were 26 positive test results.