publication . Article . 2021

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

Boyd, Kenneth;
Open Access English
  • 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
<p>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.</p>
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free text keywords: Notes & Comments, Vaccine skepticism, Trust in experts, Fallibility, History and Philosophy of Science, Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), History, Fallibility, Trust in experts, Vaccine skepticism, Philosophy of science, Philosophy of biology, Scientific method, 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak, History of science, Politics, Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Skepticism, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Sociology, Environmental ethics
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