The head of the Red Cross has warned that the spread of “fake news” concerning vaccines could cause a “second pandemic”.
German news agency Deutsche Welle reports that Francesco Rocca, president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, commented during a virtual round table discussion that there is a “parallel pandemic of distrust” that needs to be defeated.
The report notes that Rocca warned of a “growing hesitancy” globally toward vaccines, noting that “a vaccine in-and-of-itself will not be enough to end this pandemic.”
Rocca also asserted that the lack of trust in vaccines “is by no means a Western phenomenon,” further noting that “In several African countries, we have seen a common skepticism towards vaccines in general, with a common belief being that foreigners use Africa as a medical `testing ground.”‘
“We believe that the massive, coordinated efforts that will be needed to roll out the COVID vaccine in an equitable manner need to be paralleled by equally massive efforts to proactively build and maintain trust,” Rocca said.
“We stand ready to support government efforts to roll out a COVID-19 vaccine, including by leading and supporting efforts to counteract misinformation and build trust,” Rocca added.
A John Hopkins study is taken down after it says COVID is no big deal and deaths are misattributed to COVID. And, CDC shows that 90% of people sick enough to be hospitalized still recover (in spite of medical negligence).
Rocca warned against the rise of “vaccine nationalism”, a concern previously posited by Bill Gates that not everyone in the world will be given access to a COVID vaccine.
Rocca called for a globally coordinated effort to vaccinate everyone via a program known as the COVAX facility.
“We call again on all the governments who have not joined the COVAX facility to consider doing so and to show leadership at theinternational level. We also call on governments who have joined the COVAX facility to increase their allocation to this valuable multilateral mechanism to further increase equity in future vaccine distribution,” the Red Cross head said.
“The vaccine must go to where it is needed, not just to where it can be afforded,” Rocca added.
The comments come amid concerns that the vaccines will be made mandatory all over the world, either by law or by means of social coercion.
The UK government has today scrambled to clarify remarks made Monday by UK vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi, indicating that so called “immunity passports” may be required by bars, restaurants, cinemas and stadiums for people to enter.
Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove denied that the government is planning to implement such a scheme, but admitted that “Of course, individual businesses have the capacity to make decisions about who they will admit and why.”