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Jeffrey Morris, PhD, discusses how he dismantles false claims about vaccines — and he critiques some aspects of the Covid-19 public health response: “We don’t want to feed the anti-vaccine trolls, so we actively suppress clear scientific data.”
It’s frustrating when vaccine opponents use the government’s VAERS database to stoke false concerns about safety, says Susan Ellenberg, PhD, “especially when they interfere in such major ways with critical public health issues like the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. But overall," she adds, " I still think transparency is better.”
A data table shared on social media seems to show vaccinated Israelis are much more likely to catch the virus than unvaccinated people. The image ignores all case counts for people under 20, and fails to note that the rate of severe cases is 10 to 20 times higher among the unvaccinated, according to Jeffrey Morris, PhD.
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