Anti-Vax Cocktail of Ideologies, Lifestyles

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Anti-vax movements around the world are bringing ideologically extreme ends of the political spectrum under one umbrella.

  • Vaccinations skeptics have existed in the world for decades. But what seemed to have been a fringe movement, is seeing a lot of consolidation along with the spread of Covid19.
  • Traditionally, anti-vax movements have been associated with far-right, anti-science sentiments. But around the world, we are seeing well-educated people falling for misinformation.
  • In the US and Germany, for instance, the far-right and far-left are coming together to march against government-imposed Covid regulations on a regular basis.
  • Calls for “freedom” and “liberty” are being thrown around as justification. In the UK, people are even calling discrimination against the unvaccinated as “medical apartheid”.
  • In Germany, healing methods with no peer-reviewed science to back them up, are being used in Covid treatments. It’s subsidised by tax-payer money as well.
  • In the US, influential vegan celebrities are spreading misinformation to their followers. Despite a majority of vegans not identifying as anti-vaxxers, the movement is co-opting veganism.
  • As governments increasingly make it difficult for unvaccinated people to access certain services and entertainment, groups of anti-vaxxers are coming together to create parallel systems.
  • In the UK, there is a movement to rent houses to the unvaccinated. In the US, there’s a dating platform only for the unvaccinated. There are even talks of anti-vax holiday resorts.
  • If you were thinking about the anti-vax movement as a bunch of far-right crackpots, think again. We help unravel a larger picture in this reading.
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