Many members of ethnic minorities in Britain do not want to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a government-commissioned survey has shown. Some are dissuaded by religious leaders, and information is circulating on the Web that the vaccine is not halal. This segment of the population has a low level of trust in Western authorities because of the structural racism that once manifested itself in violent medicine. The same skepticism is held by migrants across the EU.
Many ethnic minorities living in the kingdom refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19. At least 72% of blacks and nearly 42% of Pakistanis and Bangladeshis.
According to foreign publications, many are forced to refuse vaccination by religious leaders in their communities. Previously, a scandal had already erupted in connection with the fact that information was floating around the internet that the vaccine from COVID-19 was not halal. However, the Pfizer-BioNTech drug was later approved by the British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA).
Heidi Larson, professor of anthropology and founder of the Trust in Vaccines Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), told German magazine Spiegel that some communities opposed the polio shot in the 2000s, thinking they wanted to get rid of it.
The expert recalled an infamous medical experiment that lasted from 1932 to 1972 in the city of Tuskegee under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Health, which sought to study all stages of syphilis in the poor African-American population. 200 of the 600 participants were not infected before the experiment, many infected their families and died.