WHO - ‘anti-vaccine activism' is deadlier than terrorism

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04 Jan 2023, 10:14 am

Washington Examiner

The World Health Organization thinks “anti-vaccine activism” is deadly — so deadly, in fact, that it's worse than terrorism, gun violence, and the threat of nuclear war.

“We have to recognize that anti-vaccine activism, which I actually call anti-science aggression, has now become a major killing force globally,” declared Dr. Peter Hotez of the Baylor College of Medicine in a video shared on Twitter last month by the WHO.

It’s a killing force,” he warned, one deadlier than “gun violence, global terrorism, nuclear proliferation, or cyberattacks.”

“And now it’s become a political movement,” he continued. “In the U.S., it’s linked to far extremism on the far Right. Same in Germany. So this is a new face of anti-science aggression.”

Throughout Hotez’s ominous narration, scary images flash on the screen: spooky skulls, menacing hackers, and angry protesters, interspersed with pictures of people holding signs or sporting masks inscribed with slogans expressing their discontent with COVID-19 restrictions.

The most chilling part of the video, however, comes as Hotez speaks his final line: “And so we need political solutions to address this.”

As Hotez discussed in a 2019 interview with Joe Rogan, because he is both a vaccine researcher and the father of an adult daughter with autism, he finds himself in a unique position to speak out against a movement that has attempted to link childhood vaccines to autism based on claims long considered dubious by scientists and medical professionals.

More disturbingly, Hotez also began suggesting the need for federal action to curb what he referred to as “anti-science groups.”

Specific examples cited by Hotez included members of the House suggesting COVID-19 escaped from a lab and calling for audits of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s digital communications, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) publicly highlighting vaccine injuries, and Laura Ingraham calling Hotez bad names on TV.

In a September 2022 commentary published by Nature Reviews Immunology, Hotez wrote of the need to seek “outside advice from experts in homeland security, justice, commerce and even the US State Department,” as well as “the various United Nations agencies” to protect the world from anti-science activists.

Hotez does not offer many specifics for what he wants these agencies to do or what his aforementioned “political solutions” might look like. However, censoring or prosecuting people who commit acts of anti-science aggression would seem like a reasonable assumption. The former has become commonplace on social media, and the latter is a tactic that has been called for by the American Medical Association in efforts to silence critics of doctors providing "gender-affirming" care to children.

Whatever his goals, Hotez's methodology is now easy for him to justify: When you label any form of disagreement or skepticism as “aggression,” it's suddenly reasonable to ask the strong arm of government to intervene.

As per usual a lot of hyperbole on both sides. How did he come up with the 200,000 killed figure, how do you calculate who have died anyway, are they just from COVID, people with COVID and other conditions, if from multiple conditions how much is from where COVID is the primary factor?

Deaths from terrorism are in the thousands so I think you can safely say vaccine refusal killed more people the terrorism. Gun violence, does that count wars? Vaccine refusal had killed more then nuclear proliferation because nuclear proliferation has killed nobody. Of course that may change drastically in an instant but making comparisons of what might happen is fraught.

The Washington Examiner also is engaging in hyperbole by despite acknowledging no specific political solutions were offered assuming authoritarian methods. It could be that, it could be lobbying and advertising smarter which the video is the opposite of. All the video will do is further convince the convinced on both sides.

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