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Utah Sen. Mitt Romney injects himself into growing vaccination debate

United States Sen. Mitt Romney, R-UT, called on the federal government on Wednesday to actively work “to resolve the debate (and) the uncertainty that so many Americans have about the wisdom of receiving vaccines” and to address the increasing number of parents who believe vaccines are harmful to their children.

During a U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing on the efficacy and timeline of using vaccinations to treat COVID-19, Romney said he believed there was a “growing sentiment, I think, across our country, of people who are, if you will, ‘anti-vaxxers,’ people who are avoiding vaccines.”

“And I have been approached during visits to my state by people who have whole books that are written describing why vaccines are bad, why they’re made from adulterated sources,” the Utah senator said. “And I won’t go into all the details, but it’s not like just a social media phenomenon. There are literally books out there that are written to describe why vaccines are bad.”

Romney suggested that the federal government consider mounting a “much more aggressive campaign” on social media to resolve uncertainties and debunk misconceptions about vaccines, noting that similar campaigns have been launched to address the dangers of tobacco. […]



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