It's the world’s best hope of beating a virus that killed two million people, infected 90 million and brought mayhem and misery to a shell-shocked planet. Yet many have indicated they won’t accept the vaccine against Covid-19.
Fears abound: it was developed too fast. It could make me sick. Then there are the conspiracy theories – including one that a microchip could be inserted in your body with the jab that will allow Microsoft founder Bill Gates to track you.
It’s simply not true, of course – but authorities face an uphill battle getting people to believe the vaccine is safe. Only about half (53%) of South Africans indicated they would have the vaccine when it becomes available here, a recent Ipsos survey found.