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Meet the people who will turn down a coronavirus jab – as they fear what’s in it – Mirror Online

As the race to find a vaccine continues, not everyone is keen to have one, with a group called anti-vaxxers claiming the chemicals are the ‘same ones used in Death Row vaccines’

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It is the hope we believed everyone was clinging to… the day when a vaccine would bring back normal life.
And as scientists rush to develop one in record time to defeat the virus, surely we all wish it will arrive sooner rather than later.
But that is far from the case.
A YouGov poll for the Center for Countering Digital Hate, found almost a third of Brits might refuse to take a vaccine against Covid-19.
Of, 663 respondents, 6% said they would definitely not get vaccinated, while 10% said they would probably not. Another 15% said they werent certain.
The survey has alarmed scientists, who know if a large numbers arent vaccinated, the virus will continue to spread.
But it also shows how our modern world can facilitate the spread of lies and misinformation.
Police officers disperse people who joined an anti-coronavirus lockdown demonstration with one protester carrying a placard with an anti-vaccination slogan (Image: Getty)
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So called anti-vaxxers, a small but vocal group who dont believe in vaccinations of any kind, have long tried to push their views into the mainstream, often using social media networks to spread fear.
Last year false scare stories about childhood vaccines were blamed for the UK registering more than 200 cases of measles, just three years after the World Health Organisation declared the country measles-free.
And now anti-vaxxers appear to have taken advantage of heightened anxieties during the pandemic to disseminate fake news and conspiracy theories.
And with people increasingly reliant on social media as sources of information, many false claims about Covid-19 took hold.
According the CCDH, since the start of the pandemic 7.7million more people in the US and UK have followed anti-vaccine pages and channels on social media.
One video, entitled Plandemic, which claims the Covid-19 crisis was a Government set-up, has been viewed millions of times.
Another post, claiming vaccines contain the same toxic chemicals as the substances used for lethal injections, warned: The same chemical that is used to stop the heart of inmates on DEATH ROW is also in these vaccines.
An anti-lockdown protest in London earlier in May (Image: Joel Goodman/LNP)
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And in April the Government was forced to deny claims circulating widely online that the first volunteer in a human trial of a UK coronavirus vaccine had died.
The stories about Elisa Granato were shared by several websites purporting to be news outfits. She updated her Twitter profile to explain she was 100% alive.
Other posts doing the rounds claimed the vaccine would inject you with an electronic chip, allegations that billionaires like Bill Gates were making us ill for profit.
Other pseudoscientific studies claim vaccines will put children in grave danger.
The terrifying result is that more and more people are turning against the very thing in they should put their hopes in.
During protests in major cities against lockdown, many held placards decrying a vaccine, and even high-profile influencers and celebs have expressed concerns.
In a Facebook live session, tennis player Novak Djokovic said: I am opposed to vaccination and I wouldnt want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel.
Singer MIA tweeted If I have to choose the vaccine or chip Im gonna choose death. The experts say anti-vaxxers are playing with peoples lives.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director of the World Health Organisation, said: At WHO, were not just battling the virus; were also battling the trolls and conspiracy theorists that push misinformation and undermine the outbreak response.
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Mike Tildesley, an expert in mathematical modelling of infectious diseases and one of the Governments SAGE group, believes lies propagated by anti-vaxxers could jeopardise the UKs chance of eradicating coronavirus.
He said: A coronavirus vaccine can be used to achieve herd immunity. At least 70% (of the population) will need to be immune in order for it to be achieved.
Therefore it is crucial as many as possible get vaccinated once a viable, safe vaccine is available.
So why are people giving more credence to anti-vaxxer posts?
Dr Charles Kriel, a special advisor to the DCMS select committee on fake news says: In a social media environment people tend to believe their friends and family more than institutional sources for information.
Weve spent the last 50 years in the West critiquing our own institutions to the point where weve brought trust down, and social media makes this worse.
He also pointed to malicious actors who are trying to amplify these messages, because they add to the destabilisation of society.
We know that Putin and the Kremlins online operations to increase division throughout society have increased considerably during the coronavirus.
Discouraging people from vaccinations, getting people to distrust their institutions and governments weakens us, which only strengthens them.
Gianfranco Polizzi, researcher at the LSEs Department of Media and Communications, agrees, saying we must combat the anti-vax movement.
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He said: We need to ensure that digital literacy is firmly embedded in the school curriculum. And we need to find ways to reach adults, raise awareness about the internet and about what users can do to spot misinformation.
He added that digital platforms have a responsibility to demote and remove misinformation subject to independent fact-checking, which is why regulatory measures might be necessary.
CCDH boss Imran Ahmed stressed: There is no justification for publishing lies and conspiracy theories about vaccines.

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US marks 160,000 virus deaths, talks stall – Australian Associated Press

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More than 160,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States, a Reuters tally shows, as President Donald Trump says he would unilaterally grant financial relief to Americans after talks with congressional Democrats stalled.

The grim milestone on Friday, which includes 10,000 deaths nationwide in the past nine days, comes as Americans and their political leaders remain divided over such issues as reopening schools, testing, business closures and mask…



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197 fined for breaching Vic virus rules – Australian Associated Press

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Almost 200 Victorians have been fined for breaching the state’s coronavirus restrictions, including a man caught breaking curfew to buy cigarettes and lollies. 

Victoria Police did 3554 spot checks on homes, businesses and public places in the 24 hours to Saturday morning, fining 197 people for breaching the chief health officer’s directions. 

Sixty-two were fined $1652 for breaching Melbourne’s 8pm-5am curfew, while a further 36 were penalised $200…



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142 people turned back at Qld border – Australian Associated Press

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More than 140 people have been turned away at the Queensland border after it closed to anyone from the ACT, NSW and Victoria, in a bid to keep coronavirus out of the state.

Queensland Police Services Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said 142 people – including 18 Queenslanders – were refused entry into the state after the border closed at 1am on Saturday.

“The 18 Queenslanders no doubt were extremely disappointed because there’s going to be…



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