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Jan Hillard: COVID-19, the flu, smallpox, more and the curious case of anti-vaccination from beginning

Suspicion about vaccines is not new. Opposition to vaccinations dates back to the 1800s when some resisted taking the smallpox vaccine. People have refused to take vaccines, claiming ineffectiveness, violation of religious practice. Today some embrace conspiratorial claims such as the COVID vaccine is really secret DNA gathering to control the population (as in the “documentary” Plandemic). Fears...

Dr. Kevin Kavanagh: The virus is winning, and COVID-19 will not be defeated by false narratives

Society is struggling on two fronts, both for social justice and at the same time to control a raging epidemic. The epidemic of COVID-19 may be with us for a long time — and those who try to minimize it are doing so by placing front-line workers and economically disadvantaged populations at risk. I have been asked by many if I am on the side of the far right, whose narrative trivializes the dangers...