Trust in gov linked to vaccination levels
Russia, despite having a vaccine earlier, has only 33% vaccination.
Or does it have something to do with public information about the nationalist approach to a vaccine.
Reportedly, you can buy a vaccine passport in Russia online for 70Euros, and it doesn't matter if you got the vaccine for real.
In the US, govt decisions about medicines is being framed in light of incentives. For example, the new Merck Molnupiravir costs $17 to produce and the US is paying $700 a course for it. Expected revenue for Merck this year is $7b.
The Bill and Melinda gates foundation gave BBC Media Action $1.6m this year. Why?
In India, the Indian Bar is taking a head of the WHO to court, alleging the WHO give false medical info.
Another question in the US/West. Early in the Pandemic, the government made decisions based on input from their scientists. The govt thereby thought they were following the science, but was the science correct? Did the chief science officers get it wrong? or what happened there? (Note that even as a layman, during the first week or two of the Pandemic in late Feb 2019, there was data available showing where the virus came from, how it spread, etc., which the government's positions seemed to disagree with, and my guess at the time was that if govt officials were actually motivated to public welfare, they understood from data they had and I didn't but could guess at, that even if they told their populations to treat it seriously and restrict contagion risks, their population wouldn't have obeyed).