In The Politics of Autism, I analyze the discredited notion that vaccines cause autism. This bogus idea can hurt people by allowing diseases to spread. And among those diseases could be COVID-19.
Antivaxxers are sometimes violent, often abusive, and always wrong.
Unfortunately, Republican politicians are increasingly joining up with the anti-vaxxers.
Republican state Sen. Bob Hall on Wednesday continued his broadsides against COVID-19 vaccines in a Facebook video viewed by more than 2,000 in which he told viewers to avoid the vaccine and echoed inaccurate claims that the vaccine is doing more harm than good.
Hall has been careful to state that he is not against people getting the vaccine, but began his video with the unfounded and inaccurate “punchline” that COVID-19 vaccines are “killing more people than they are saving.”
“The vaccines we have now are actually killing more people than we’re saving,” Hall said. “That’s what I did say. We are killing more people with the vaccine than we are saving.”
I first warned of this in 2016, as the antivaccine movement found a home in Texas, received PAC, support and became a political movement linked to extremist politics in the right https://t.co/T4F5alyCaX— Prof Peter Hotez MD PhD (@PeterHotez) November 13, 2021