Dr. Peter Hotez has been battling vaccine disinformation for years. However he was nonetheless shocked to see United States senators like Ron Johnson peddling anti-vaxxer agitprop.
“Traditionally, that is what the authoritarian regimes do,” Hotez tells Molly Jong-Quick on the newest episode of The New Irregular.
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“The anti-vaccine anti science aggression has prolonged to the person scientists,” he provides. “They did this in China [where scientists who tried to raise the alarm about COVID were brutally repressed]… and that is what’s happening proper now by elected members of the US Congress. And we’ve bought to do one thing about it.”
“Why, why, why do you’ll want to present your allegiance to the GOP by making an attempt to delegitimize science?” Hotez asks. “It reveals this lack of know-how of American historical past… Our nation is a nation constructed on science and know-how, proper? Or it’s constructed on our nice analysis universities and land grant universities. And that is what allowed us to defeat fascism in World Struggle II and the Chilly Struggle, and makes such nice progress in HIV/AIDS, is thru science. And this weird twist that being a patriot means you must assault science and scientists, that’s one thing I by no means would have imagined.”
However now we will all see the affect: coronavirus circumstances peaking in Florida; ICUs packed in Arkansas; greater than 50,000 lifeless in Texas.
“That is the damaging nature of the disinformation marketing campaign that we’ve allowed to go unchecked for therefore a few years, and now we’re paying the worth for it in an enormous method,” Hotez continues. “That is devastating for entire areas of the nation, and it’s going to have devastating penalties for the South and a number of the mountain West states. And it’s going to present itself in younger individuals being hospitalized—you see so many younger individuals with lengthy COVID. And the frustration is you see it coming, and never with the ability to handle this can be very irritating for me.”
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