Gambians laud government’s response to COVID-19 pandemic but don’t trust it on vaccines, Afrobarometer survey shows

Health

A majority of Gambians approve of the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, but few trust the government to ensure that vaccines are safe, a new Afrobarometer study shows.

While vaccination roll-out in the Gambia began in February, only two in 10 citizens say they are likely to try to be vaccinated, while most believe that prayer is more effective than a vaccine in preventing COVID-19 infection.

Survey results show that while most Gambian households received government assistance to help them weather the pandemic, more than half think assistance was not distributed fairly, and an even larger majority think COVID-19 resources were lost to government corruption.