Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the UK Labour Party, said he would support legislation to deal with vaccine skeptic information online. His remarks came soon after the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine started rolling out in the country.
In an interview on Good Morning Britain, a national morning television show, Starmer said that he would support laws to curb vaccine skepticism in the country.
“We have to deal with anti-vax campaigns because they will cost lives. If we need to pass emergency legislation to deal with them, I would be willing to work with the government on that,” the opposition leader said.
According to Starmer, it is critical to handle vaccine skeptic speech online so that people can confidently get the vaccine.
“That misinformation will cost lives. We need as many people vaccinated as possible; we need to give people the confidence to get vaccinated. That’s pulling together, and it is also to deal with this misinformation,” he added.
Starmer’s comments came soon after the NHS started rolling out the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.