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WHO shares video stating online “anti-vaccine activism” is deadlier than “global terrorism”

The video states that "political solutions" are needed to address what it says is misinformation.

According to the (WHO), online “anti-vaccine activism” is more dangerous than terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and gun violence.

“We have to recognize that anti-vaccine activism, which I actually call anti-science aggression, has now become a major killing force globally,” said Baylor College of Medicine’s Dr. Peter Hotez, in a video shared by the WHO on Twitter.

Watch the video here.

Dr. Hotez continued to warn that anti-vaccine activism is “a killing force” that is more dangerous than “gun violence, global terrorism, nuclear proliferation, or cyberattacks.”

“And now it’s become a political movement,” he continued. “In the U.S., it’s linked to far extremism on the far Right. Same in . So this is a new face of anti-science aggression.”

The video concludes with Dr. Hotez saying: “And so we need political solutions to address this.”

Hotez has been a vocal critic of vaccine skepticism. In 2021, he wrote that opposing Covid measures was not only anti-science but also a form of “aggression,” which he blamed on conservative politicians, academics, and news outlets.

In a piece published by Nature Reviews Immunology in September 2022, Hotez said there was a need to seek “outside advice from experts in homeland security, justice, commerce, and even the US State Department,” as well as “the various agencies” to “protect” people from “anti-science” activists.

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