Virality Project Weekly Briefing #22: 'May 18, 2021 - May 25, 2021'   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Key Takeaways: "[1] Discussions of the safety and necessity of 'vaccines for children' continue to gather speed after the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for 12-15-year-olds and Moderna's May 25 announcement [hyperlink] that its vaccine is safe and effective in 12-17-year-olds. Recent discussions revolve around the CDC's [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] current investigation of a 'possible but unproven link' between mRNA [messenger ribonucleuc acid] vaccines and heart inflammation in young people, as well as the ethics of 'school vaccination mandates'. [2] Public comments from celebrities and politicians spread within right-wing communities online this week. 'Senator Rand Paul's statement' that he did not need a vaccine after having had COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] and guitarist 'Eric Clapton's letter' detailing severe reactions to a vaccine drove concerns about both safety and efficacy. [3] A new conspiracy theory emerged this week about an 'ingredient in the Moderna vaccine, SM-102', while the 'development of the world's smallest microchip' fueled the ongoing conspiracy theory that vaccines contain microchips."

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