They say there are no atheists in foxholes. But are there any anti-vaxxers during a pandemic?
For decades, vaccine skeptics and their celebrity apprentices, such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Robert De Niro, Jim Carrey, Jessica Biel, Fran Drescher, and others, have argued against the vaccination of children. In recent weeks, tennis star Novak Djokovic said his opposition to vaccines could prevent his return to the sport if being vaccinated against the coronavirus were required. Then there was rapper M.I.A., who tweeted, “If I have to choose the vaccine or a chip, I’m gonna choose death.” Donald Trump has also spread anti-vax talking points, falsely linking autism to “the shots,” as he said. (He’s since changed his position.) And as recently as January, in a high-water mark for the movement, anti-vaxxers succeeded in forcing the New Jersey state government to kill a bill that would have made vaccines for students just about mandatory.