With two promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates in various stages of approval and early administration across the nation, medical professionals are pointing to an apparent light at the end of the tunnel after months of the pandemic’s ill effects.
For Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson, however, the mainstream media’s glowing reports of a nearly seamless rollout of the Pfizer vaccine raises some serious questions.
“It feels false because it is”
His remarks on the vaccine progress came during the monologue of his program on Thursday ahead of the anticipated FDA approval of a vaccine produced by Moderna.
In describing the marketing message that accompanied the vaccine introduction, Carlson said it more closely resembled something “you would typically associate with high-end consumer products” rather than a medical miracle.
He noted that most news reports showed the vaccine’s reception to be “great” even as some reports pointed to adverse reactions by some recipients.
“So how are the rest of us supposed to respond to a marketing campaign like this?” Carlson asked. “Nervously, if you’re strongly supportive of vaccines, and we are.”
Acknowledging “how many lives have been saved because of vaccines,” the host went on to say that the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine “all seems a bit much, it feels false because it is, it’s too slick.”
“They must trust your vaccine”
Carlson went on to accuse social media platforms of censoring negative reports about the vaccine. According to an announcement from Twitter, any related posts it considers “misleading” would be removed.
As the Associated Press noted, posts including information about the possible negative side effects or suggestions that vaccines are used to control or harm people are among those that could be deleted from the platform.
Carlson said that the censorship of so-called “misinformation” would have the opposite effect and eventually erode trust in the vaccine.
“Censorship doesn’t work,” he declared. “If you want people to take your vaccine, they must trust your vaccine. And if you want them to trust it, you have to let them speak freely about it.”
While most early recipients have reported few, if any, negative reactions, adverse effects among a group of staff members at one Chicago-area hospital led to a temporary halt in Pfizer vaccinations.