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Publication . Article . 2021

Beyond politics: additional factors underlying skepticism of a COVID-19 vaccine

Boyd, Kenneth;
Open Access
Published: 27 Jan 2021 Journal: History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, volume 43, issue 1 (issn: 0391-9714, eissn: 1742-6316, Copyright policy )
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Country: Denmark

Even before it had been developed there had already been skepticism among the general public concerning a vaccine for COVID-19. What are the factors that drive this skepticism? While much has been said about how political differences are at play, in this article I draw attention to two additional factors that have not received as much attention: witnessing the fallibility of the scientific process play out in real time, and a perceived breakdown of the distinction between experts and non-experts.

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Philosophy of biology 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Politics History of science Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Sociology Philosophy of science Environmental ethics Skepticism media_common.quotation_subject media_common


Notes & Comments, Vaccine skepticism, Trust in experts, Fallibility, Anti-Vaccination Movement, COVID-19 Vaccines, Expert Testimony, Humans, Politics, Science, History and Philosophy of Science, Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), History, Fallibility, Trust in experts, Vaccine skepticism

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