Pfizer Inc.’s CEO Albert Bourla called people who spread COVID-19 vaccine misinformation “criminals.” He alleged that “misinformation” is responsible for vaccine hesitancy, which is getting in the way of going back to normal life.
Bourla made the remarks during a meeting organized by Washington-based foreign policy think tank Atlantic Council.
Bourla said the “very small” group of people spreading vaccine “misinformation” are “criminals.”
“They’re not bad people. They’re criminals because they have literally cost millions of lives,” Bourla said.
Bourla said that the vaccine prevents deaths and will also help return to normal life.
“The only thing that stands between the new way of life and the current way of life is, frankly, hesitancy to vaccinations,” he said.
Many Americans have gotten the vaccines; 70% are fully vaccinated while 80% have received at least one dose. Of the 194 million fully vaccinated Americans, 107 million have received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
However, the number of people hesitant to take the vaccine appears to be growing. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) Vaccine Monitor, as of October, 16% of Americans will “definitely not” get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Statements opposing the vaccine have received much censorship online.