While some anti-vaccine groups are criticizing Dr. Anthony Fauci, others are seeking to spread panic or doubt over the COVID-19 pandemic and a potential vaccine. CBS News reports that anti-vaxxers are using a variety of different methods to achieve their aims. Never forget that the anti-vaccine movement is heavily influenced by environmentalists. What better way to rid the planet of humans than to undermine vaccines which make people susceptible to deadly, contagious diseases?
Anti-vaxxers spread fear about future coronavirus vaccine
By Taylor Mooney – CBS News
As scientists race to develop a vaccine to protect people against the coronavirus, some outspoken voices of the anti-vaccine movement are already seeking to undermine their efforts.
The World Health Organization reports that there are at least 70 vaccines in development around the world right now, three of which have begun human trials. If all goes well, researchers and public health officials hope to have a vaccine available by the second half of 2021.
But those who promote anti-vaccine views aren’t waiting. They’re out there now on social media, cultivating conspiracy theories and planting seeds of doubt that could limit a future vaccine’s success.
Larry Cook, an anti-vaccine proponent with almost 50,000 subscribers on YouTube, posted on Facebook: “Make no mistake, the purpose of the coronavirus is to help usher in vaccine mandates. Be woke. Know the Plan. Prepare. Resist.” The HighWire, a radio show hosted by film producer and anti-vaccine activist Del Bigtree, pushed the unsupported claim that COVID-19 created in a lab and suggested it may have had something to do with vaccine development. A slew of conspiracies are also cropping up on Facebook groups geared toward vaccine skepticism.
“To push anti-vaccine conspiracy theories now, I think is somewhat to be expected simply because there is a lot of uncertainty,” said Dr. Matthew Motta, an assistant professor of political science who specializes in public health and science communication at Oklahoma State University. “It makes it very easy to inject those narratives, because they’re very hard to be proven wrong.”