Conservative radio host Erick Erickson railed against people spreading vaccine misinformation and undermining public faith in vaccines against the coronavirus.
During his radio program on Wednesday, Erickson focused on a Wisconsin math professor’s recent look at how at one point more vaccinated people were hospitalized for Covid in Israel than unvaccinated people.
Erickson was concerned that people were seizing on that statistic in order to sow doubt on the efficacy of vaccines, even though the professor — Jordan Ellenberg — has explained how that claim ignores crucial context and statistical data. Namely, that vaccination rates are very high in Israel, so there will be very few unvaccinated people in hospitals.
“I need you to understand something important: there is an organized effort to undermine trust in the vaccines. I personally find it to be a deeply evil thing,” Erickson said. “I know that offends some of you… And because some of you are doing it, you’re offended at me saying it, but you are involved in a sin, and you don’t care.”
Erickson spoke of a relative of his who recently died of Covid, despite being young, healthy and with no comorbidities, after buying into vaccine misinformation. He also spoke of how many hospitals are currently overwhelmed with unvaccinated Covid patients, and said that those spreading vaccine misinformation “are doing the bidding of Satan.”
After pointing out the fallacies in the data points cherrypicked by anti-vaxxers, Erickson became emotional as he decried those who refuse the vaccine and might be offended by his anger at those spreading misinformation. He underlined his point with a recent news story about a group of anti-vaxxers who shut down a mobile vaccination site after harassing health officials.
(Excerpt) Read more in: Mediaite