Last Updated on October 26, 2022
A popular and highly influential rightwing figure who called COVID-19 vaccine skeptics “dopes” in 2020 has begun saying he was deceived by vaccination supporters.
The Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro was one of the few Conservative voices who advocated for COVID-19 vaccination during the pandemic. Shapiro went as far as calling vaccine skeptics “dopes.”
“The vaccine is 95% effective in preventing you from getting the virus, and also mitigates the severity of the disease…In other words, get the vaccine, dopes,” Shapiro posted to his four million Twitter followers in December 2020.
In other words, get the vaccine, dopes.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 8, 2020
Despite vouching for the vaccine for 12 months, the double-vaxxed Shapiro said on Tuesday, “It is now perfectly clear that we were lied to. And we were lied to at a very high level and from very, very early on by both the vaccine companies, in terms of the ability of the vaccine to prevent transmission, and … by our politicians who apparently knew better.”
Shapiro went on to slam experts who “lied” about the vaccine, even though he joined in on vaccine support for months.
Pfizer has now admitted they did not test whether the COVID vaccines prevented transmission before releasing them. That didn't stop them from making false claims about stopping transmission. Apparently, the Biden administration knew this and promoted mandates. That's hideous. pic.twitter.com/aYl9vHiQry
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 25, 2022
The controversial rightwing podcaster’s recent statement comes after a Pfizer executive made headlines earlier this month when she admitted the pharmaceutical company was not confident the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine would truly prevent transmission of the virus.
On October 10th, Janine Small, the president of international development markets at Pfizer, was asked if Pfizer was positive the vaccine would prevent transmission.
“Regarding the question around, did we know about stopping immunization before it entered the market? No,” Small answered.
“These, um, you know, we had to really move at the speed of science to really understand what is taking place in the market. And from that point of view, we had to do everything at risk,” Small continued, admitting the company rushed out a vaccine that may not have been effective.
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