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French researchers have developed a chatbot that will convince anti-vaccines

Interactive technology can help solve the low vaccination rate in Europe. A group of French cognitive scientists has addressed the urgent problem of vaccination insecurity in many EU countries and is proposing a new approach. Researchers have successfully demonstrated in their study, published in October this year, that the use of chatbot technology can reduce vaccination reluctance

In the chatbot study, the Center National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and researchers from the Medical Research Institute and ENS-PSL participated. According to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, interaction with the new chat robot reduced vaccine refusal by 20 percent in a test group of 338 participants. In the control group, which received only brief information on COVID-19 vaccination, no similar results were obtained in terms of general opinion and vaccination propensity

Although almost three quarters of adult Europeans are already fully vaccinated with COVID -19, there are still huge differences in vaccination rates between countries. According to data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on 25 November 2021, some EU countries, such as Portugal (81.5 per cent), Ireland (76.2 per cent) and Denmark (76 per cent), have already made significant progress in immunization of the general population with COVID-19, while vaccination rates in other countries, such as Germany, France or Austria, remain below 70%. Hungary stands at 61.1 percent, while the EU average is 70.2 percent. Other European countries are even worse: Slovakia (45.7%), Romania (37.3%) and Bulgaria (24.7%) have received very few double doses of COVID-19

These vaccination delays are not only a consequence of vaccine deficiencies but, in many cases, of existing human skepticism. French researchers now hope that technology-based communication, such as chatbots, could have a positive impact on these numbers in the future.

“It remains to be seen whether the impact of chatbot interaction will be lasting. “Half of the experimental group later tried to persuade others to give the vaccine, and three-quarters said they had used the information provided by the chatbot to help them,” they said. The authors of the study, which is predominantly young and well-educated

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