[Ed. – Strange bedfellows]
The White House has launched a new campaign against COVID-19 misinformation, announcing a $13.5 million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to combat this phenomenon, which is most urgently contributing to vaccine hesitancy. The press tried to get officials to call out Republicans as a major source of this disinformation and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy (mostly) refused to take the bait.
While repeatedly invoking the scientific consensus, Murthy said, “Sometimes the most trusted sources are a mother or father or a faith leader or a local doctor or a nurse, and that’s why, to reach people with accurate information, what we have to do is partner with those local trusted voices.”
There’s one national trusted voice who could do more than any other to reach those reluctant to get vaccinated: former President Donald Trump.