Anti-vaxxers in power

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Brazilian supreme court rules against COVID anti-vaxxers

Brasilia: All Brazilians are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 under the penalty of being banned from certain public services and places, the country’s top court has decided.

Ten justices of the 11-member court backed the mandatory inoculation with only one vote against in a virtual session held on Thursday, Brasilia time. The ruling is a blow to President Jair Bolsonaro, who has said he will not be vaccinated and nobody should be forced to.

According to a government statement after the decision, those who fail to prove they have been vaccinated may have their rights, such as welfare payments, public school enrolment or entry to certain places, curtailed.

The court underscored the decision did not mean Brazilians would be taken by force to receive shots that will be offered by the government through the public health network.

Justice Ricardo Lewaandowski, who voted in favour, said that although vaccination without consent was “flagrantly unconstitutional”, “the collective health cannot be harmed by those who deliberately refuse to be vaccinated”, the G1 news website reported him as saying.

Vaccines against potentially life-threatening diseases such as measles and meningitis have long been mandatory for children in Brazil and the justices dismissed a separate case seeking to free parents from that obligation due to religious beliefs.

Bolsonaro has promised to make all COVID-19 shots approved by the health regulator available to the public, but at the same time has raised prospects of an ineffective mass inoculation campaign by discouraging Brazilians from participating in it.
https://www.watoday.com.au/world/south- ... 56ooe.html
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Vaccine opponents outline online campaigns to sow distrust in coronavirus vaccine

The pandemic has catalyzed anti-vaccine advocates with huge social media followings, new report finds

Leaders of anti-vaccine groups described the coming coronavirus vaccine as a pivotal opportunity to sow distrust in vaccination and laid out planned online campaigns to do so, according to a report from an organization opposing misinformation online.

The report, from the U.K.-based Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), quoted leaked audio from an October conference in which the leaders, many of whom have huge social media followings, discussed strategies to encourage skepticism and fear of vaccines in the months ahead.

The report highlights the ways in which the coronavirus crisis has catalyzed vaccine opponents, as well as the parallels between the tactics used by anti-vaccine groups — such as coordinated messaging — and other purveyors of online misinformation campaigns.

It also illuminates the struggles social media companies face in debunking and policing misinformation about the coronavirus.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technolo ... d-vaccine/