What Can the History of Antivax Movements Tell Us about the Future of COVID?
Medical historian Nadja Durbach and philosopher Maya Goldenberg explain that challenges posed by vaccine resistance and mistrust of health authorities are not new; the lesson to learn isn't that resistance is inevitable, but that some of the social conflicts supporting it can be addressed.
SOURCE: London Review of Books
by Rivka Galchen
Reviewer Rivka Galchen looks at two recent books that highlight the importance of cultural beliefs in the acceptance or rejection of vaccines.
The Complex Politics of Vaccine Resistance
by Nicole Hemmer
Despite the fact that no major religion forbids vaccination, vaccine resisters often leverage religious exemptions to gain moral authority for what are often political or conspiracy-based views. Public health advocates need to recognize that exemption claims are a tool, not a belief.
SOURCE: New York Times
It's the Moment the Antivax Movement Has Been Waiting For
by Tara Haelle
The antivax movement has appropriated common-sense ideas like parental control and bodily autonomy to sow widespread fear and hostility toward the COVID-19 vaccinations.
SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times
Fear and Misinformation Plagued the Polio Vaccination Campaign, Too
Chicago Sun-Times Columnist Neil Steinberg offers some cold comfort: media voices spreading misinformation about COVID vaccinations have clear forebears in the press.
SOURCE: New York Times
Vaccine Hesitancy Is as Old as Vaccines. I Take Comfort in That
by David Motadel
Resistance to vaccination is nothing new. But historical episodes of "vaccine hesitancy" have tended to dissolve.
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