Just one year ago, both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were cautioning Americans against taking anti-covid vaccines because they were developed under President Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed,” Trump’s final gift to the American people.
Under Huffington's leadership in the 2000s, the site was one of the largest platforms for the then-novel allegation that vaccines, or certain ingredients used in vaccines, could trigger autism in young children.
If you’re against vaccinating your child, there’s a good chance you’re a college-educated white woman making decent money.
The rebel forces in America’s latest culture war — the so-called anti-vaxxers — are often described as middle- and upper-class women who breast-feed their children, shop at Whole Foods, endlessly scour the web for vaccine-related conversation, and believe that their thinking supersedes that of doctors.
Trump’s Vaccine Can’t Be Trusted
Like most experts closely watching these developments, I have no confidence that a safe, effective vaccine will be ready for use by Halloween. Worse, I can no longer recommend that anyone retain faith in any public health pronouncements issued by government agencies.
-Laurie Garrett, Foreign Policy
Anti-Vax Marin County Bequeaths Measles To Their Neighbors...
The 2015 California measles outbreak, for instance, began in the wealthy, liberal enclave of Marin County, and the progressive San Francisco collar counties were the hotbed of opposition to the California law—passed in 2016 as measles cases soared—banning personal belief exemptions for children entering kindergarten.
Democrat Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy
Liberals and Vaccine Non-Compliance...
I talked to a public health official and asked him what's the best way to anticipate where there might be higher than normal rates of vaccine noncompliance, and he said take a map and put a pin wherever there's a Whole Foods.
I sort of laughed, and he said, "No, really, I'm not joking." It's those communities with the Prius driving, composting, organic food-eating people.
Trump’s Operation Warp Speed is an election ploy...
Anti-Science: Marin County, California, and Boulder, Colorado...
Back when I started covering the anti-vaccination movement more than a decade ago, the loudest voices came from politically liberal, mostly white, and affluent enclaves—think famously hippie places like Marin County, California, or Boulder, Colorado—where parents worried about the side effects of what they perceive as toxins in vaccines.
Barack Obama Suspicious of Vaccines...
"We've seen just a skyrocketing autism rate. Some people are suspicious that it's connected to the vaccines. This person included. The science right now is inconclusive, but we have to research it."
Governor Cuomo: Americans Should Be Skeptical of Covid Vaccine...
I’m not that confident. You’re going to say to the American people now, ‘Here’s a vaccine, it was new, it was done quickly, but trust this federal administration and their health administration that it’s safe? And we’re not 100 percent sure of the consequences.’ I think it’s going to be a very skeptical American public about taking the vaccine, and they should be."
It should go without saying, but undermining trust in a vaccine in the midst of a global pandemic to score political points or clicks is absolutely ghastly.
Now that we’re knocking on the door of a vaccine, will these people be held to account for undermining trust?
I doubt it.
Did the Democrats’ relentless attacks on the vaccines that were expedited by President Trump get some people killed?
I suppose they probably did.
But I am not aware of a single Democrat who has expressed remorse for discouraging people from taking advantage of the vaccines, or who has acknowledged their party’s 180 degree turnabout as soon as the election was over.
The Left’s suspicion of vaccines is linked to other strains of science denialism among progressives, most notably anti-GMO and anti-CRISPR activists.
For more than two decades before the COVID pandemic, the most influential anti-vax organizations were organic advocates who fiercely rejected agricultural biotechnology.
Over the past two years, many of these groups, ostensibly concerned with lifestyle fads like natural medicine, have morphed into COVID anti-vaxxers.
-Jon Entine and Patrick Whittle