Jesy Nelson shows off her incredible body in a frilly yellow bikini as she poses in her kitchen – The Sun

JESY Nelson has been taking the coronavirus lockdown in stride and has now taken to Instagram to show off a bright yellow bikini on a bright sunny British Tuesday.

The Little Mix singer proudly posed in the frilly swimwear in her kitchen as she held her arms above her head, showing off her bicep and thigh tattoos.

Captioning the snap with three smiling yellow sun emojis, the post left fans in awe, with many leaving fire emojis and one Mixer adding: "JESY WE NEED A WARNING BEFORE YOU POST SOMETHING THIS HOT."

The newly-single pop star has been wowing her fans by striking a series of sultry poses on her social media pages.

Earlier in April the 28-year-old transformed her look with a long blonde wig and crop top, while in other snaps she has worn a variety of bikinis.

The new picture is the latest in a string of sexy snaps following her shock split from Chris Hughes.




The Sun Online exclusively revealed the Little Mix singer had split from Chris, 27, after 16 months together.

Jesy has wasted no time in showing Chris what he is missing, posting a series of pictures while on lockdown.

Over the weekend she cuddled her duvet while showing off the red halterneck straps of her bikini; pouting for the camera, Jesy captioned the shot: "Afternoon you beauties."



Jesy had previously shared a full-length snap of her red bikini as she soaked up the Easter sunshine in her garden.

As well as showing off an array of swimwear as the UK enjoys an Easter heatwave, Jesy has also shared some snaps within her home as she makes the most of her break from touring the world with her Little Mix bandmates.

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Internet Shocked to Discover Stanley Tucci is Thirst Trap

“I never realized how damn sexy Stanley Tucci is until right now!!”

Stanley Tucci mixing up a negroni while quarantining has got the online masses feeling some sort of way.

Fans went wild after Nerd Girl Says posted the soothing clip on Monday with the caption, "May this video of Stanley Tucci doing a cocktail masterclass be a blessing upon your twitter feed."

And a blessing it was.

From his crisp, tailored ensemble to his calming voice to his "meaty forearms," the "Hunger Games" actor proved social media was parched for some real entertainment.

"I knew everyone that was thirsty for Tucci but I didn’t know y’all were this thirsty," posted Nerd Girl Says after her feed was flooded with twitterpated Twitter followers.

In the roughly two minute video, a bespectacled Tucci — dressed to impress in a form-fitting polo shirt, belt and gray slacks — waxes on about the complexities of the popular Italian libation, made up of gin (or vodka, if one must, says the Tucc), Campari and vermouth.

"And use a good sweet vermouth," the "The Devil Wears Prada" alum urged.

After taking the tonic to task in a copper shaker, Tucci revealed his choice of drinkware– coupe over a martini glass — to enjoy the libation, which he said he preferred neat instead of on the rocks.

He called his masterpiece "the ubiquitous Milanese cocktail."

With the slight squeeze of an orange peel and a corny joke, the thespian then had social media’s collective tongues wagging before lifting up the drink for a cheers.

"Confinement has really opened my eyes to the finer things in life. And Stanley Tucci is fine," posted a stan.

A besotted user shared, "I never realized how damn sexy Stanley Tucci is until right now!!"

"I was not prepared for the arms," wrote a fan, as another chimed in, "Yeah, me too, I came for the cocktail recipe, rewatched for the arms."

Much to her surprise and amusement, Nerd Girl Say revealed her post was even retweeted by Rian Johnson and Chris Evans.

The "Avengers" actor captioned the retweet, "I. Love. Stanley. Tucci. On some(most) days after we finished filming on the first Captain America movie, Stanley would make us martinis in his trailer. He’s an absolute gem. However cool, fun, witty, and charming you think he is, double it and you’re halfway there."

No truer words have been spoken.

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‘In The Heights’ Release Date Moved To Summer 2021

In The Heights‘ release date has been officially pushed back until 2021.

Warner Bros. Pictures revealed that the flick, based on Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s Broadway musical of the same name, has been moved from June 26, 2020 to June 18, 2021.

Jon M. Chu will direct the movie which stars Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Melissa Barrera, Leslie Grace, Jimmy Smits, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Stephanie Beatriz and Dascha Polanco.

In the Heights centers on a bodega owner, Usnavi, who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after he inherits his grandmother’s fortune.

See which other movie just got a new release date, too!

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Kim Kardashian *Just* Discovered Big Little Lies, and I Have Some Pressing Questions

Running out of new shows to watch while stuck at home? So is Kim Kardashian, apparently. The 39-year-old multihyphenate recently admitted to just now hopping on the Big Little Lies bandwagon, a cool three years after the HBO drama first began making waves in the TV world. [Insert a Black Eyed Peas-era Fergie rapping, “You’re so two thousand and late.”] She shared her tardy discovery on Twitter Monday afternoon, writing, “I just binged Big Little Lies! It’s sooo good! Who has seen it?”

Whereas Kim’s tweets typically garner a couple hundred replies, upwards of one thousand of her followers couldn’t help but respond to the tweet with a collective Mary Louise Wright-esque scream. “Everyone, Kim. Everyone,” a fan answered, while another similarly said, “Kim we cant keep doing this, please keep up.”

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Fla. Mom Charged After Car Crash Killed Daughter, 3, Who Allegedly Wasn't Wearing Child Restraint


A Florida mom whose 3-year-old daughter died after being ejected in a car crash is facing manslaughter charges after police allege the mother failed to restrain the girl in a legally required child-restraint device.

The girl, Serenity Rose Robinson, died from injuries she suffered in the February 17 crash in Fort Myers.

On Monday, Serenity’s mother, 30-year-old Leslie Joe Zeagler, turned herself in to authorities, Fort Myers police said in a news release.

Zeagler is charged with aggravated manslaughter by causing the death of a person under 18 by culpable negligence; DUI manslaughter; and driving while license suspended, revoked or canceled.

She has not entered please to any of the charges, and an attorney who might speak on her behalf was not immediately identified.

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According to investigators, Zeagler was driving when she blacked out, causing her car to leave the roadway and strike several trees.

In the course of the crash, the vehicle rolled over and the child was ejected, police said.

The mother and another passenger in the vehicle were treated and released with minor injuries.

The daughter was allegedly not restrained in the vehicle at the time of the crash, and investigators believe the vehicle was not carrying a child-restraint device as required by Florida law.

In addition, according to police, “Zeagler was found to be impaired by multiple controlled substances while operating the motor vehicle at the time of the crash.”

“The senseless death of Serenity is one that certainly could have been avoided,” said the police statement. “The Fort Myers Police Department reminds motorists not to drive while impaired and certainly not with a restrained or unrestrained child in the car.”

Zeagler is being held in Lee County jail with no bond, reports Fort Myers TV station WINK.

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EastEnders shock as Whitney is kidnapped at knife-point by Leo King’s mum Michaela – The Sun

EASTENDERS fans are in shock after Michaela kidnapped Whitney Dean at knife point.

The mum of stalker Leo King made a shock return tonight for revenge on his killer, despite Leo himself making her own life a misery.

Whitney had spent the episode determined to flee after Michaela's online posts had convinced others that she murdered Leo out of spite and not self-defence.

But after Gray managed to get Michaela arrested and her posts deleted, Whitney had a change of heart and decided to stay.

But as she walked home feeling peaceful for the first time in a long while, she was in for a horrifying shock as a knife was held to her throat.

Michaela grabbed her in the darkness and said: "You scream and it'll be the last sound you make."

Whitney looked horrified as Michaela pressed the knife to her throat and left her with no way out.

Worst still, Michaela's kidnap comes at the worst possible time after Whitney wrote a series of letters explaining her decision to go on the run.

Even though she told Max that she had changed her mind as she left the Vic, she hadn't destroyed the letters.

And with them still waiting for her, her friends and family will inevitably find them and assume she has gone on the run after all.

Fans were terrified for Whitney.

One wrote: "WTF WHITNEY IS IN DANGER!! She needs her “Hero” NOW!!!"

A second said: "Whit can’t relax for five minutes can she."

Another added: "This could work in your favour Whitney! Let’s hope it does."

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New Hollywood Podcast: ‘Insecure’s Alexander Hodge And ‘Good Trouble’s Sherry Cola Talk Acts Of Racism Against Asians During Coronavirus Pandemic

Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast is mixing things up with this week’s episode. Instead of doing a conversational interview with a guest, we are inviting two guests to have a discussion about a specific topic that is affecting culture, media and the film & TV industry. For our inaugural episode of this kind, we have invited Insecure star Alexander Hodge and Good Trouble star Sherry Cola to talk about the surge of violent acts against Asians and Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ever since the pandemic hit stateside and Donald Trump started to refer to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” there was an increase of harassment and accosting of Asian and Asian Americans. The Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council has launched Stop AAPI Hate, an open forum to report discrimination against Asian Americans. They launched March 19 and in the first two weeks received 1,135 reports — and that number keeps growing.

The two unpack their feelings about the recent events surrounding the harassment and further the conversation about why representation is important in order to combat these acts of violence and uplift the community. Cola also shares her personal experience with racism that happened at the beginning of the global pandemic.

Below you can listen to the episode with Hodge and Cola (which is the perfect name for a buddy cop comedy).

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Why Whitney Cummings Thinks People Need to Laugh Amid the Pandemic

Whitney Cummings is ready to bring the laughs — even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Whitney alum, 37, is teaming up with some of the biggest names in stand-up comedy for an on-camera podcast event hosted by the Comedy Store on Tuesday, April 21. After the famous comedy club was forced to close its doors in March, they teamed up with The Motion Picture Television Fund to help keep the Comedy Store’s employees afloat during this difficult time. Though stress runs high amid the outbreak, Cummings thinks comedy can be used as a powerful tool to bring people together.

“This is when we have to put our fears aside and we have to figure out how to lighten people’s day, and we will,” the I’m Fine … and Other Lies author tells Us Weekly exclusively. “Sometimes it means not talking about it at all so people have a little temporary respite from it, and sometimes it means just really nailing the observations … There’s still ways to find comedy within what’s going on.”

Though she’s not afraid to bring a little lightheartedness to the current situation, Cummings admits that successful comedy depends on context. Fans expect certain things from certain comedians, and the Made of Honor actress doesn’t think it’s necessary to “switch up your fans’ comfort zone” at a time like this.

“Now’s not the time to switch it up and decide you’re an expert on viruses,” she says. “We have to just be conscious of what is expected of us and be consistent.”

While the things that make people laugh might look a little different in the current climate, Cummings has found comedy in even the most basic actions — including texting her exes while in quarantine.

“All of a sudden the things that really used to grind our gears two months ago, now we’re like, ‘It’s fine.’ I’ve just started forgiving everyone for everything,” she jokes. “I’m like, ‘You had a secret family. Good for you. You just had more love in your life. I hope they’re safe.’ All I care about. It’s like, ‘That girl you cheated on me with, I heard she lives in New Rochelle. Is she OK?’”

The Female Brain star even admits that her standards have changed when it comes to dating. “The way somebody behaves in crisis just says a lot about them,” she explains. “The people who are like, ‘Whatever, it’s not even as bad as the flu.’ It’s like, ‘That’s a red flag. I’m good.’ But then other people who are like, ‘Hey, I’m delivering food to the front lines.’ I’m like, ‘You can slide into my DMs.’”

Though the future of the comedy scene might look completely different when things go back to normal, Cummings and her colleagues won’t give up on the people behind-the-scenes who make their shows run smoothly.

“Comedy is essentially a business where we’re asking strangers to pile into a room, shoulder to shoulder and exhale on each other for two hours and literally take a drink in the dark from a stranger and then put it up to their mouths without wiping it down,” she says. “Our business is kept alive by the waiters and waitresses and bartenders.”

The Comedy Store will be broadcasting its benefit event on Tuesday, April 21, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

With reporting by Marc Lupo

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91-year-olds in Florida get married amid coronavirus crisis

A pair of 91-year-olds in Florida who wanted to “legalize” their love in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak got married in a small private ceremony, according to a report.

Jeanine and Don Sandin, of St. Petersburg, got hitched on Easter Sunday after realizing the need to take their bond to the next level in case one of the nonagenarians needs to be hospitalized, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

“We just decided a couple of weeks ago,” the new groom told the newspaper. “Because of the circumstances that are going on in society, we just felt that we should legalize our relationship, so we would be protected.”

The couple, who bought their rings online, tied the knot in their pastor’s backyard in St. Pete Beach. The guest list was kept tight, but announcements were emailed out to more than 200 people — and included Don’s version of “Get Me to the Church on Time” from the 1956 musical, “My Fair Lady.”

“I had been singing it ever since we decided we would get married,” he said. “We got it on tape, so that became part of our official ceremony.”

The pair, both of whom are widows, said their shared sense of humor and common upbringing made them realize they were right for each other.

“It’s a very easy relationship,” Jeanine Sandin told the newspaper. “We have the same stories. We lived in the same time.”

Jeanine, whose first husband died in 1970, was joined at the ceremony by one of her three sons, while Don had a niece by his side. The newly hitched couple said they now take walks every day at a park in St. Petersburg to celebrate their new life.

“When we actually began our formal relationship in July last year, I said to Jeanine that I don’t know how many days we have, but we have today,” Don Sandin told the newspaper. “And we are grateful for today.”

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Could the MMR vaccine help protect against coronavirus complications?

Could the MMR vaccine help protect against coronavirus complications? Cambridge University scientists say the jab could help because the infections ‘share similar proteins’

  • Statistics show that people over the age of 65 are most likely to die of COVID-19 
  • MMR vaccination began in the UK in the 1960s, meaning older people missed it 
  • Scientists at Cambridge said coronavirus and rubella are 29 per cent the same
  • They found evidence of higher rubella immunity in recovered COVID patients
  • Suggest their findings mean ‘a study is warranted’ into a connection
  • Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine could protect people from severe COVID-19, according to scientists. 

Researchers at the University of Cambridge said the jab could protect people because the rubella virus has a similar structure to SARS-CoV-2.

They pointed out that middle-aged and older people are less likely to have had the jabs, which came out in the 1960s, and are also most at risk from the coronavirus.

And blood testing done in an NHS hospital found that patients who had severe COVID-19 appeared to have developed ‘non-specific’ immune responses which could also have protected them from rubella.

The team have no proof that the MMR vaccine has any impact on COVID-19 patients but said ‘a study is warranted’.

Their research comes as the Government today announced the UK will start trials of its first coronavirus vaccine candidate later this week.

The UK is trying to develop a coronavirus vaccine but researchers say trying to muster up some level of protection using one that might already work could save time (stock image)

Writing in a paper published online without being checked by other scientists or journal editors, the Cambridge researchers said: ‘We suggest that MMR will not prevent COVID-19 infection but could potentially reduce poor outcome.’

The researchers, led by Professor Robin Franklin and Dr Yorgo Modis, suggest that structural similarities between the coronavirus and rubella could be one way in which the vaccine is protective.

When they analysed the two viruses they found that they were 29 per cent identical and there are ‘known similarities’ between coronaviruses and paramyxoviruses, of which rubella is a type.

A COVID-19 vaccine developed at the University of Oxford will be trialled on humans in the UK from Thursday this week.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock today said he was ‘throwing everything at’ Britain’s attempt to develop the first vaccine in the world.

The Government will give the scientists an extra £20million to help with their trials, Mr Hancock said, and a further £22.5m to a project at Imperial College London.

The Oxford vaccine, known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 will be trialled on up to 510 people out of a group of 1,112 aged 18 to 55. It is recruiting volunteers in London, Bristol, Oxford and Southampton. 

It is the first British-made vaccine to go into real-world trials and carries with it huge hopes that it will provide a key to getting out of lockdown and banishing COVID-19.

The virus has now infected more than 125,000 people and killed 17,339 in the UK and the UK is on course to end up one of the worst-hit nations in the world. 

Mr Hancock said developing vaccines is an ‘uncertain science’ which usually takes years but that manufacturing capacity will be ramped up in case the jab is a success and is suitable to roll out to the public.

The trial will take six months and is limited to a small number of people so scientists can assess whether it is safe and effective without using huge amounts of resources – each patient must return for between four and 11 visits after the jab – and without the risk of large numbers of people being affected if something goes wrong.  

Because of this, if someone has developed immune system antibodies able to fight off rubella, they may also be able to partly fight off COVID-19, the scientists said. 

This could happen if the body was forced to develop antibodies targeted at one virus but also able to latch onto another.

The team said molecules found on the COVID coronavirus had been found to bind to rubella antibodies in past studies.

In a bid to further back up their claim, the scientists turned to links between vaccination rates and deaths from COVID-19.

MMR is now given routinely to children in the UK and around 92 per cent of children now get their first dose by their second birthday.

Rates vary around the world, however, and MMR is one of the most controversial jabs among anti-vaxxers after a now-disgraced scientist falsely claimed it was linked to autism.

MMR was introduced in 1963 in the UK, and people born before that may have had individual vaccines for the three diseases or no vaccination at all.

People born before this time – over the age of 55 – are in the highest risk age group for dying of coronavirus, and can also be reasonably assumed to have the lowest vaccination rates, the researchers point out.

In England and Wales, for example, data published today revealed that 87 per cent of all people who have died of the coronavirus have been over the age of 65.

A total 10,808 people out of 12,380 victims recorded by April 10 were older than that, and 60 per cent of victims were male.  

They pointed out that the trend – that older men are at most risk of dying if they catch the coronavirus – could be seen in Germany, Spain and Italy.

The researchers also found that older men were less likely to be immune to rubella than other groups. 

In the study they wrote: ‘We recognise that these data are, at this stage, preliminary and that there are a number of limitations… 

‘Nevertheless, older populations and males are both more likely to die from COVID-19, and less likely to [test positive] for rubella specific immunity, based on historical vaccination programmes of all three countries considered in this study. 

‘In order to conclude whether MMR vaccination can improve the outcomes from COVID-19 infection, a study using individual based data to compare MMR immunity status in the affected population is warranted.’

COULD THE BCG JAB PROTECT AGAINST COVID-19? 

Countries that have a widespread BCG vaccination programme have a COVID-19 death rate much lower than nations that do not use it, a study has claimed.

The Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine was invented a century ago and gives immunity to tuberculosis (TB) — a bacterial infection — but it is known to have other benefits.

Previous trials discovered people that receive the jab, which costs as little as £30, have improved immune systems and are able to protect themselves from infection.

For example, in a trial among Native Americans, BCG vaccination in childhood was able to offer protection against TB up to 60 years after vaccination.

The precise way this durable vaccine helps fend off other infections is relatively unknown but it may be by boosting the immune system’s innate mechanisms.

These so-called off-target effects include enhanced protection against respiratory diseases, and have been recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO).

In the UK, all schoolchildren between ten and 14 were injected with the vaccine between 1953 and 2005.

As TB infection rates dropped, doctors abandoned mass vaccination and, in 2005, switched to targeting only the most at risk — such as babies with infected relatives.

In a third bid to justify their theory, Professor Franklin and Dr Modis and colleagues studied blood samples from coronavirus patients in England. 

Using samples from patients at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, they looked for signs of rubella immunity in severely and moderately ill patients.

If their theory was correct, they said, they would expect to see higher levels of immunity among the more badly-affected patients after they had recovered – and they did.

They suggest that the antibodies patients developed during their battle against COVID-19 match up with rubella antibodies, potentially proving their theory in reverse – that coronavirus infection could protect people from rubella and vice versa.

‘Whilst we accept that it is possible that this trend could be representative of pre-infection protection to rubella infection, it is not possible to determine this,’ the team wrote.

In conclusion, Professor Franklin, Dr Modis and colleagues wrote: ‘Taken together, our preliminary data would support the hypothesis that rubella vaccination could provide protection against poor outcome in COVID-19 infection. 

‘To determine if there is a potential effect of MMR vaccinations, it would be necessary to know the vaccination status of younger patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 and the severity of the disease. 

‘If there is a link, we propose that vaccination of “at risk” age groups with an MMR vaccination should be considered as a time-appropriate and safe intervention. 

‘To create a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine will be arduous and may require time which we simply cannot afford.

‘Meanwhile, some help could be immediately available to those in the greatest need.’

British parents are among the most vehement anti-vaxxers in Europe — with one in 30 claiming they are ‘opposed to all vaccines’

British parents are among the most vehement anti-vaxxers in Europe — with one in 30 claiming they are ‘opposed to absolutely all vaccines’, a study has found.

A survey of five European countries revealed that parents in Spain have the most positive feelings towards vaccination, while their French counterparts have the least.

However, Germany and the UK and had the greatest proportion of stringent anti-vaxxer parents — with over three times more than found in France, Italy or Spain.

A growing ‘anti-vaxx’ sentiment has led to poor vaccination coverage rate across much of Europe — leading to the resurgence of preventable diseases like measles.

The findings come a week after the WHO warned that measles vaccination rates will plummet as millions of children are kept away from GPs during the COVID-19 crisis. 

The survey found that Germany and the UK had significantly high proportions of parents who were opposed to all forms of compulsory vaccines — at 7.8 and 7.4 per cent, respectively. Levels were at only 4 per cent in France, 1 per cent in Italy and 0.8 per cent in Spain

MMR VACCINE IS ‘SAFE AND DOES NOT CAUSE AUTISM’, STUDY FINDS

A vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella is safe and effective, according to a review looking at dozens of earlier studies involving millions of children. 

The review, completed by British policy institute Cochrane, involved examining 138 different studies into the vaccine and its side effects including whether there was any evidence it caused autism. 

The review was prompted by a rise in cases of measles and mumps in England and Wales, as the rate of immunisation for the diseases continues to fall.

This has in part been blamed on a discredited study that falsely claimed a link between the MMR and autism – the review says there is no evidence of a link. 

They found that the recommended two doses of the MMR jab are 96 per cent effective at stopping infection from mumps, measles and rubella. 

It comes after the World Health Organization last week raised concerns that measles vaccination rates will plummet as millions of children are kept away from GPs during the coronavirus crisis. 

The authors found very little difference in the rate of autism between those who have and haven’t been vaccinated.

In fact, they found for every 100,000 unvaccinated children 451 had autism compared to 419 vaccinated children with autism.  

A Cochrane review is considered a gold-standard in research as it systematically looks at multiple studies on a subject over a long period of time.

The authors said: ‘The risks posed by these diseases far outweigh those of the vaccines administered to prevent them’.

The online survey of European parents’ opinions was conducted by infectious disease specialist Jean Paul Stahl, of the University Hospital Grenoble, France, and his colleagues in 2019.

In total, 750 pairs of parents with children aged between 0–35 months participated in the study — with 150 from each of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.

The team found considerable variation in feeling towards vaccines, with Spanish caregivers the most likely to have favourable opinions (at 94 per cent of parents) and French parents the least likely (at only 73 per cent.)

In the United Kingdom, meanwhile, 86 per cent of parents hold positive opinions of vaccines, compared with 88 per cent in Germany and 87 per cent in Italy. 

In all five countries, more than 90 per cent of parents reported as being favourable towards mandatory vaccinations for at least one of a certain set of vaccines.

These included chicken pox, diphtheria, Haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, pneumococcal meningitis, meningococcal meningitis B and C, poliomyelitis, rotavirus gastroenteritis, tetanus and whooping cough.

However, Germany and the UK had significantly high proportions of parents who were completely opposed to all forms of compulsory vaccines — at 7.8 and 7.4 per cent, respectively.

In comparison, total anti-vaxxer levels were at only 4 per cent in France, 1 per cent in Italy and 0.8 per cent in Spain.

As with positive opinions towards vaccines, levels of trust in health authorities was found to be the highest in Spain — where 88 per cent of parents rated their level of trust as 7 or above on a ten point scale — and lowest in France at only 68 per cent.

For contrast, the same figure was found to be 79 per cent in both the UK and Germany, while it was 74 per cent among Italian citizens. 

The team found considerable variation in feeling towards vaccines, with Spanish caregivers the most likely to have favourable opinions (at 94 per cent of parents) and French parents the least likely (at only 73 per cent.) In the United Kingdom, 86 per cent of parents hold positive opinions of vaccines, compared with 88 per cent in Germany and 87 per cent in Italy

A growing ‘anti-vaxx’ sentiment has led to poor vaccination coverage rate across much of Europe and elsewhere in the world, like in the US, pictured, where anti-vaxxers hold protests.  In places, this has lead to the resurgence of preventable diseases like measles

When considering vaccine knowledge, French parents reported feeling significantly less well-informed overall, with only 77 per cent of those surveyed feeling well informed, as compared to the 90–94 per cent values seen in the other countries, 

The researchers also found that the primary source of information parents use to decide whether to vaccinate their children was their local health care provider.

However, they also found that that the internet — particularly health authority websites — plays a key role, as do friends and family, who guide between 14–40 and 9–30 per cent, respectively, of parent’s decisions based on their home country.

In fact, 81 per cent of UK parents reported having read up on vaccines online, as compared with 71% for Italy, 70% for Germany and Spain — and just 58 per cent of parents surveyed from France.

As with positive opinions towards vaccines, levels of trust in health authorities was found to be the highest in Spain — where 88 per cent of parents rated their level of trust as 7 or above on a ten point scale — and lowest in France at only 68 per cent

81 per cent of UK parents reported having read up on vaccines online, as compared with 71% for Italy, 70% for Germany and Spain — and just 58 per cent of parents surveyed from France

‘Parents having a favourable opinion on vaccination seemed to be linked with a better perceived vaccination knowledge,’ the researchers added.

‘The health care provider doing the vaccination was the first source of information, while the internet was also a valuable resource while friends and families can also be influential. 

‘Local characteristics should be taken into account to increase confidence into vaccination.’

‘Evaluation should be harmonised at a European level, allowing countries to share best practice strategies for public health.’

The full findings of the study will be presented at the 2020 European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, which is being held virtually this year as a result of the present COVID-19 pandemic.  

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