‘The Only Pandemic We Have Is Among The Unvaccinated’ Says Joe Biden


Social media platforms are “killing people” by spreading misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines, said President Joe Biden.

Social media companies are “killing people” by failing to control misinformation on their platforms about COVID-19 vaccines, said President Joe Biden on Friday.

Biden’s comments came a day after US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy declared misinformation about the vaccines a threat to public health, and as US officials advised that deaths and serious illness from the virus are almost entirely preventable because of the vaccines.

When asked if President Joe Biden had a message for social media platforms like Facebook where misinformation about the coronavirus vaccines has spread, Biden told reporters, “They’re killing people.”

“The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated,” he added.

Murthy speaking on Thursday said, misinformation about COVID-19, is deemed as an “infodemic” by the World Health Organization, and it is deadly.

“Misinformation poses an imminent and insidious threat to our nation’s health,” Murthy said during remarks at the White House. “We must confront misinformation as a nation. Lives are depending on it.”

With the role the internet plays in spreading health misinformation, Murthy said technology companies and social media platforms must make meaningful changes to their products and software to reduce the spread of false information while increasing access to authoritative, fact-based sources.

Too often the platforms are built in ways that encourage, not counter, the spread of misinformation, he added.

“We are asking them to step up,” Murthy said.

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Facebook spokesperson Dani Lever responded to this saying, “We will not be distracted by accusations which aren’t supported by facts. The fact is that more than 2 billion people have viewed authoritative information about Covid-19 and vaccines on Facebook, which is more than any other place on the internet.”

“More than 3.3 million Americans have also used our vaccine finder tool to find out where and how to get a vaccine. The facts show that Facebook is helping save lives. Period,” Lever said.

Twitter reacted as well and posted on its platform saying, “As the Covid-19 pandemic evolves around the world, we’ll continue to do our part to elevate authoritative health information.”


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