Anti-vaccine film aimed at black Americans spreads false information

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According to a statement provided to NPR by the Mayo Clinic, the study demonstrated “higher protective immune responses in African American subjects with no evidence of increased side effects from the vaccine” and that any claims of “increased vulnerability” among African Americans who receive the rubella vaccine are simply not supported by this study or by science. “

For her part, Rogers, the professor at Yale, only appears for about 14 seconds in the film. His quotes are correct. But her remarks are rooted in a larger narrative with which she had “enormous problems” that the anti-vaccine movement is heroically embarked on a new campaign for civil rights, intended to stop experimentation on the black community. .

Rogers says the film uses many of the ideas she “passionately advocates, such as health disparities, anti-racism in health, anti-discrimination, and it has been distorted for the purposes of this anti-vax movement “.

Another credible expert on traditional medicine also appears in the film: Dr. Oliver Brooks, the former president of the National Medical Association. The group is the largest organization representing African American physicians in the United States.

Brooks says he agreed to be in the movie because he wanted to strike a balance, but, after seeing it, now regrets doing the interview.

“The crux of the documentary is usually not to get the vaccine,” Brooks told NPR in a recent interview. “The is an understandable concern in the African American community about vaccines – however, at the end of the day my position is that you look beyond those, understand them, and still get vaccinated… That nuance doesn’t was not felt or presented in the documentary. “

Kennedy’s group released the film in early March, just as the COVID-19 vaccine was becoming widely available to the American public.

The film begins with a series of disturbing news clips on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines and includes short interviews with people of color who talk about COVID-19 as “propaganda” and why they don’t trust the virus. vaccine. Kennedy also appears to be offering viewers a warning about vaccines: “Don’t listen to me. Don’t listen to Tony Fauci. Hey, and don’t listen to your doctor.”

In addition to Kennedy, other producers helped make and market the film, including a prominent Nation of Islam figure and a wealthy entrepreneur who recently made headlines when a private school he ran. co-founded in Miami has banned teachers who have obtained the COVID-19 vaccine from returning to class.

Children’s Health Defense has made one of the film’s co-producers, Curtis Cost, available to speak with NPR. He’s a long-time anti-vaccine campaigner, who previously claimed that “Viruses don’t cause anything, it’s a hoax, it’s a myth … whether you’re talking about the HIV virus, the flu virus or any other virus “.

Cost says the film doesn’t explicitly tell people to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine, but it “goes right down to the current experiments and bad things have been done by the medical establishment in America, Africa and others. parts of the world. “

“The movie basically wants people to recognize this story that leads directly to the present, and especially when faced with decisions about whether to take a vaccine, including COVID,” he says.

In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for Children’s Health Defense denies the film is disinformation and says it contains “peer-reviewed scientific and historical data.”



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