Increasing Number of Americans Say They'll Get Coronavirus Vaccine, but Still Less Than Global Average

More Americans say they'll get a vaccine for the coronavirus, but this number is still lower than the global average of adults who say the same, according to a new poll.

The survey, which was conducted by the World Economic Forum/Ipsos, found that 67 percent of Americans said they'd get vaccinated. This finding is an increase from polling conducted in early August, as a CNN/SSRS survey found that 56 percent of Americans said they'd get inoculated against the novel virus.

According to the new poll, the global average of adults saying they'd get the vaccine was 74 percent, with 37 percent saying they strongly agree they would get it and 37 percent saying they somewhat agree.

The poll surveyed 19,519 adults in 27 countries from July 24 to August 7 and has a margin of error ranging from plus or minus 3.5 percentage points to 4.8 points.

Across different countries, the poll found Chinese adults were the most likely to say they'd get a vaccine, with 97 percent saying so. Behind China was Brazil and Australia, where 88 percent in both nations they would get vaccinated. In India, Great Britain and South Korea, that response ranged between 84 and 87 percent.

Russians were least likely to say they'd get a vaccine, with 54 percent saying so.

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A technician sorts blood samples inside a lab studying a possible coronavirus vaccine at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, on August 13. Chandan Khanna/Getty

The poll also found that a majority of adults globally, 59 percent, said they do not believe a vaccine will be available to them by the end of 2020. Sixty-six percent of Americans do not believe a vaccine will be ready by the end of the year, while other countries, such as China (87 percent) and Saudi Arabia (75 percent), disagree and say it will be ready by year's end.

According to the poll, the most common reason for not wanting to be inoculated is worry about the vaccine's side effects, with 56 percent of global respondents saying this.

In the U.S., 60 percent cited their concern about side effects as a reason for not wanting to get the vaccine. Among other reasons, 37 percent of U.S. adults said they don't think the vaccine will be effective, 19 percent said they aren't enough at risk of getting the virus, and 20 percent said they were against vaccines in general.

Newsweek reached out to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.