Last Updated on December 18, 2022
A new social media campaign from the World Health Organization (WHO) labels vaccine skeptics as a “major killing force globally.”
The video, which was posted by the WHO on December 14, quotes pediatrician and vaccine advocate Peter Hotetz who lists “combat anti-science” as a core value in his Twitter bio. “Anti-vaccine activism, which I actually call anti-science aggression, has now become a major killing force globally,” Hotetz says in the video amidst a backdrop of anti-lockdown/vaccine mandate protesters.
He went on to claim, without evidence, that 200,000 Americans died from COVID-19 due to a direct result of their refusal of the vaccine. “During the COVID pandemic in the United States, 200,000 Americans needlessly lost their lives because they refused a COVID vaccine. Even after vaccines became widely available,” Hotetz said. “And now the anti-vaccine activism is expanding across the world, even into low- and middle-income countries.”
“It’s a killing force,” he continued before making a number of bizarre and unsubstantiated claims about the scope of the “killing” caused by “anti-science” sentiment. “Anti-science now kills more people than gun violence, global terrorism, nuclear proliferation or cyber attacks,” Hotetz claimed. “And now its become a political movement. In the U.S. its linked to far extremism on the far-right, same in Germany. So this is a new face of anti-science aggression.
“And so we need political solutions to address this issue,” the video concluded.
“Anti-vaccine activism, which I actually call anti-science aggression, has now become a major killing force globally."
– @PeterHotez, Professor and Dean @BCM_TropMed, on the devastating impact of #misinformation and disinformation. pic.twitter.com/ZluiMGJ2gX
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) December 14, 2022
On Twitter, the video was promptly “ratio’d” to the tune of 3,715 replies compared with just 2,425 likes as of Sunday, December 18, 2022.
The WHO’s video comes as a number of studies continue to raise questions over risks and injuries associated with COVID-19 vaccines. A group of scientists recently conducted a risk-benefit analysis which showed that getting a COVID-19 “booster shot” is at least 18 times more dangerous than catching the virus itself for young people under the age of 30, Lifesite News reported.
Furthermore, Japanese researchers recently found that COVID-19 vaccination increases the risk of developing myocarditis across all age brackets.
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