Is it an outbreak of measles in the DR Congo, or a pandemic?
Measles has killed nearly 5,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2019, authorities said, after the disease spread to all the provinces in the country.
Close to a quarter of a million people have been infected this year alone.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says this is the world’s largest and fastest-moving epidemic.
How strange that anti-vaxxers are silent about this. Is it because they don’t want to admit that vaccinations stop disease? Or is it because it’s “them” who are infected?
Yes, I’m suggesting that racism plays a motivating factor in the mindset of anti-vaxxers. Almost all countries with a strong “anti-vaxxer movement” are predominantly white with the exceptions of Brazil and Japan (which are large economic powers). Many of them in the US are in white, middle class “traditional families”. I found it utterly laughable back in September when they called themselves “the new civil rights movement”, especially when many of them would likely have opposed the civil rights movement had they been around in the 1960s.
Anti-vaxxers aren’t demanding everyone stop receiving vaccines. What they want is “my freedumb!” for individuals to opt out – and the continued vaccination of “others”. They want people not like themselves – immigrants and people in other countries – to be vaccinated so that anti-vaxxers are safe. Just not them.