Vaccine hesitancy and virus denial are major problems in the USA where the pandemic has, become a pandemic of the unvaccinated. Right-wing politics is killing Americans.

A total of 17 of the 18 states that voted for Trump in the 2020 election have the lowest vaccination rates in the country.

The Bloomberg School of Public Health found in an analysis of data that “… Republican-governed states began to have consistently higher rates of positive swab tests in May, of COVID-19 diagnoses in June, and of COVID-19 mortality in July.”  [10 March 2021 Johns Hopkins University]

It has become so bad that there appears to be a change in attitude from some Republican politicians but the extreme right is unbending.

Tennessee’s Governor Lee has banned school masks and infections are spreading rapidly.

16.5% of citizens have now tested positive for COVID-19 while only 43% of the state’s population has been vaccinated.

It vies for the title of the sickest state with Florida, which has 3.4 million cases.[12 September 2021 Daily Kos]

In Florida, with a population of 21.48 million, the funeral business is booming.

20% of all US cases are now in that state where Governor DeSantis has forbidden public schools from having masks.

To date it has registered 44,000 deaths and they are running at about 300 a day. [15 September 2021 Alternet]

Florida has over 55% vaccinated, but opening up is still very dangerous.

Dr Sean Brooks Fairy Story

A You Tube video of a man who identifies himself as Dr. Sean Brooks, addressing an Ohio School Board, has gone viral.

His damaging claim that recipients of the vaccine will die because of a dramatic decrease in their immune system, antibody dependent enhancement, and blood clotting has been taken up by anti-vaxxers across the world.

His claim of a PhD from Oxford is fake. He apparently attended Walden University in his town of Oxford Ohio and he is qualified as an educator not a doctor of medicine.

Reuters has a fact check page on this person’s false claims at https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-video-covid19-idUSL1N2PW2DE

Rapper Nicki Minaj’s Fairy Story

In celebrity worshipping America the opinion of rapper Nicki Minaj was considered important enough for her to be offered a phone call with one of the Biden administration’s doctors to address her false claims about the Covid-19 vaccine.

She tweeted an unverified story that a cousin’s friend had been vaccinated then developed swollen testicles, so his marriage had to be called off.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said on CNN. ”There’s no evidence that it happens, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen.” [18 September 2021 Guardian]

Israeli Pandemic Fairy Story

Another fairy story which is promoted by the anti-vaxxers is that Israel proves vaccination is a waste of time.

There is indeed breakthrough of the vaccinated in Israel and it has recognised that booster shots are needed.

But it is obvious that “Those that have yet to receive even one shot of a COVID vaccine are only 17 percent of the eligible population in Israel, but they currently represent 65 percent of all serious cases in the country.”

For every serious case of an Israeli over 60 that had received the booster shot, there are 33 serious cases of unvaccinated Israelis in the same age group. [14 September 2021 Haaretz]

Vaccination matters

Anti-vaccination propaganda promoted by the American Right and its clones in Australia is causing infection and death amongst its adherents but one very positive emerging sign is that vaccine hesitancy in Australia is subsiding.

A Melbourne Institute study of vaccine hesitancy showed that earlier this year 40% of respondents reported that they were opposed to or uncertain about getting the vaccine. But the latest study shows of adults aged 18–44, only “…12.1% of respondents indicated they are not willing to be vaccinated, while 9.9% said they are still unsure.”

Associate Professor Seale said “We may get up to 90%. Beyond that, I really don’t think we’re going to get there.” [17 September 2021 Royal Australian College of General Practitioners]