NPR – Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is now blocked from Instagram after he repeatedly undercut trust in vaccines.
Kennedy has also spread conspiracy theories about Bill Gates, accusing him of profiteering off vaccines and attempting to take control of the world’s food supply.
Kennedy has been a prominent voice in the anti-vaccine community for years, speaking out against childhood vaccines and promoting controversial and disproven claims that seek to link vaccines with autism.
In the past year, Kennedy’s beliefs about vaccines have intersected with the COVID-19 pandemic.
He has told his followers not to trust “mainstream media, government health officials” and doctors who say the coronavirus vaccines are safe, recently highlighting a rare and tragic case in which a woman died hours after receiving the vaccine.
Kennedy has been praised for his environmental activism and conservation efforts.
But even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Kennedy’s stance on vaccinations prompted some in his high-profile family to publicly repudiate his ideas.
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Joseph P. Kennedy II, and Maeve Kennedy McKean wrote in an opinion piece for Politico:
“We love Robert F. Kennedy Jr., but he is part of a misinformation campaign that’s having heartbreaking — and deadly — consequences,”
Vaccination campaigns, they noted, save millions of lives every year.
Kennedy has shown no intention of listening to his critics, warning that the new mRNA technology that created some of the first SARS-CoV-2 vaccines is untested and can cause serious health problems.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, has received the vaccine, saying scientific advances allowed it to be developed and approved less than one year after the novel coronavirus was identified … Click source below to read more.