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Why are so many Republicans refusing vaccination

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By Lee Mcintyre

What is the difference between doubt and distrust? Doubt can be overcome by evidence. Distrust cannot.

According to a recent Washington Post poll, refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine has now become completely politicized in the United States. Among Democrats, 93 percent report that they've already gotten at least one shot or are likely to, compared with only 49 percent of Republicans.

Why so much refusal to vaccinate among the Grand Old Party (GOP)? Because they're being targeted by a deliberate campaign of disinformation. Science denial isn't a mistake, it's a purposeful lie.

Despite ample data that the vaccines are safe, false stories circulate on the internet claiming that scientists are lying to us, that the vaccines can make you infertile, that they contain microchips, that they can alter your DNA. Do these worries arise organically? Maybe some do. But such disinformation is often intentionally created to serve someone's financial, political or ideological interests.

Among those with something to gain is the Russian........

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