The United States has targeted Russia, China and social media for misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine: "They are killing people."
"The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated," said US President Joe Biden. "They have promoted their vaccines through messages that undermine the origin of Western vaccines to help develop their programs," said the White House.
On Friday, the United States accused China and Russia of spreading misinformation on social media about the side effects and efficacy of vaccines created in the West to promote their own serums against COVID-19.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki accused at a news conference and said it was based on data compiled by the State Department. The United States has targeted Russia, China and social media for misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine: "They are killing people."," said Psaki.
Specifically, according to the spokesperson, the misinformation of Russia and China is directed against the two vaccines with preparations based on mRNA that has been approved in the United States: that of Pfizer and that of Moderna. "That kind of information magnifies the potential side effects associated with Western vaccines," he said.
Moments later, as he was leaving the White House, President Joe Biden was asked about Psaki's remarks. "What is your message for platforms like Facebook?" So asked a journalist, to which the president replied: "They are killing people. We only have epidemics now. They are killing people.
The White House believes that misinformation about vaccines, masks, and social distancing measures undermines the authorities' efforts to deal with the pandemic and put lives at risk.
For this reason, on Thursday, the highest US health authority, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, warned of the "urgent threat" posed by misinformation about COVID-19, when cases are rising, and vaccination rates have stalled.
Murthy's office made its recommendations in a 22-page public health notice. Such reports are usually reserved for specific health issues. Still, the scope and scale of the misinformation are so great that the Joe Biden government decided to use that resource.
Sasaki again today asked Facebook and other tech giants to change their algorithms to prevent the spread of inaccurate data.
Covid 19 cases in the United States rose 11 percent last week. They recorded greater increases in those areas of the country where vaccination does not exceed 40%, according to the government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The immunization rate for those over 18 years of age is 59.2%.In comparison, 67.9% have already received a dose, according to CDC data.
Due to stagnation in vaccination rates in the United States, the corona virus is spreading to people who do not want to be vaccinated. That is why that of the North American country is becoming "a pandemic of unvaccinated people."
This was indicated this Friday by the director of the CDC, Rochelle Walensky. It's turning into a non-communicable epidemic, Valensky told a White House news conference on epidemic status.
In this sense, he said that 99% of deaths from COVID-19 in the US in recent weeks have been in non-inoculated people, according to the latest figures from the CDC.