Word Around Town
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has been the target of misinformation claims during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, Bourla described people who spread false information about the coronavirus vaccines as “criminals.”
Bourla said it is a “very small” group of people who have been spreading misinformation about the vaccine.
“Those people are criminals,” Bourla said to Atlantic Council CEO Frederick Kempe, CNBC reported. “They’re not bad people. They’re criminals because they have literally cost millions of lives.”
While more than half the American adult population is vaccinated, there are still millions of adults who have not yet received the vaccine despite it being available for most of the year.
According to a survey published Monday by the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than three-quarters of U.S. adults either believe or aren’t sure about at least one of eight false statements about Covid or the vaccines.
Among the misconceptions are that Covid vaccines contain microchips, cause infertility, and change one’s DNA, according to the survey.
Bourla said Tuesday that life for many people can go “back to normal” once many of the unvaccinated get vaccinated.
“The only thing that stands between the new way of life and the current way of life is, frankly, hesitancy to vaccinations,” he said.
Given that in this day and age of media where news is typically spread through word of mouth, do you agree or disagree with Pfizer CEO statements about calling those who spread misinformation about the COVID vaccine criminals?
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