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Possible COVID-19 vaccines already taking heat from the anti-vaccine community – The Daily Universe

The possibility of a COVID-19 vaccine is getting closer and closer, and while many people are eagerly awaiting it’s release, others are concerned about how quickly the vaccines are being developed. Source: Possible COVID-19 vaccines already taking heat from the anti-vaccine community – The Daily Universe

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Anti-Vaxxers Are Thriving on Social Media During the Pandemic

Anti-vaccination activists are seeing a rise in social media fame as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a BuzzFeed investigation found.   BuzzFeed analyzed the social media activity of Taylor Winterstein, an Australian-Samoan anti-vaccination activist. According to BuzzFeed’s screenshot of a post from March 6, Winterstein shared a photo on Facebook that had “Distraction” written […]

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Coronavirus protests aren’t just an American thing. They’re a global phenomenon. – Vox

From Germany to Brazil, from the UK to Chile, coronavirus-related demonstrations keep popping up.   The anti-lockdown protests that have garnered so much attention in the United States in recent weeks may seem like a uniquely American phenomenon. Wired’s Emma Grey Ellis called them an “American mess,” describing them as “a modern permutation of an identity crisis with roots […]

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Seattle’s anti-vaccine history stretches back to the Spanish flu | Crosscut

In 1920, the city’s commissioner of public health called Seattle “a hot bed for anti-vaccination, Christian Science, and various anti-medical cults.”   Perhaps it is surprising: Anti-vaccination activism does not recede in times of pandemic. In the current COVID-19 crisis, polls reveal that 25% of Americans say they will not receive a vaccine against the disease if […]

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AMA warns of anti-vaxxer ‘extremism’ upsurge as MP’s office vandalised amid coronavirus – ABC News

After a South Australian MP found his office “plastered” with anti-vaccination messages, the AMA’s state president expresses concern that anti-vaxxers could be an impediment to herd immunity once a coronavirus vaccine is developed. Source: AMA warns of anti-vaxxer ‘extremism’ upsurge as MP’s office vandalised amid coronavirus – ABC News

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Anti-Vaxxer Groups Growing On Facebook And Instagram In Coronavirus Pandemic

  A week after Australian prime minister Scott Morrison declared COVID-19 would become a pandemic, Australian-Samoan anti-vaccination campaigner Taylor Winterstein issued a call-to-arms. In a Facebook post, Winterstein — who made headlines last year by supporting a Samoan traditional healer spreading anti-vaxxer beliefs during the country’s deadly measles outbreak — called on her followers to begin organising against […]

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Opinion: Everyone has a duty to stop the ‘infodemic’ – Deseret News

Without proper research and pushback, the spread of misinformation could seriously threaten the well-being of Americans.   “Fake news spreads faster and more easily than this virus, and is just as dangerous.” Those were the words of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, spoken at a conference in February. They’re just as alarming […]