Emaswati approve of government’s COVID-19 response but are skeptical about vaccines

Governance

With the looming threat of a third wave of COVID-19 infections in Eswatini, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows that most citizens are satisfied with the government’s overall management of the pandemic even though many found it difficult to comply with lockdown restrictions and most felt that the schools were closed for too long.

However, a majority of Emaswati believe that government assistance was distributed unfairly and that resources intended for the pandemic response were lost to government corruption.

A majority do not trust the government to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, and only about one-third say they are likely to try to get vaccinated. Almost half say they would choose prayer over a vaccine to prevent getting COVID-19.