President Joe Biden says the unchecked spread of disinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines is having deadly consequences.
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Speaking to reporters as he left the White House for Camp David Friday afternoon, Biden was asked what his message is to platforms like Facebook on the misinformation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
“They’re killing people,” Biden responded. “The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and they’re killing people.”
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Thursday called for a national effort to fight misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines, urging tech companies, health care workers, journalists and everyday Americans to do more to address an “urgent threat” to public health.
In a 22-page advisory, his first as President Joe Biden’s surgeon general, Murthy wrote that bogus claims have led people to reject vaccines and public health advice on masks and social distancing, undermining efforts to end the coronavirus pandemic and putting lives at risk.
The warning comes as the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations has slowed throughout the U.S., in part because of vaccine opposition fueled by unsubstantiated claims about the safety of immunizations and despite the U.S. death toll recently passing 600,000.