Anti-Coronavirus Vaccine Movement Grows, Fueled By Online Misinformation, Conspiracies

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December 8, 2020

Within weeks, the first Americans outside clinical trials could be rolling up their sleeves to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

Public health experts agree it’s our best shot at ending the pandemic. But as the virus spreads, so does the anti-vaccine movement, fueled by an amalgam of players — some who distrust politicians, others who oppose government rules, and many who believe misinformation and conspiracy theories about vaccines.

Anti-vaccine books now top the search list on Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites, according to Bloomberg News. And a recent Lancet article says the anti-vaccine movement added 8 million people over the last year, with 31 million people now following anti-vaccine Facebook groups and 17 million subscribe to YouTube accounts.

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