As Delta Variant Spreads, House Republicans Keep Spreading Opposition to Vaccines

July 19, 2021
Blog

From the Speaker’s Press Office

As the dangerous Delta variant spreads, filling hospital beds with unvaccinated Americans and jeopardizing hard-won progress toward ending the pandemic, Kevin McCarthy’s House GOP is doubling down on stoking misinformation and opposition to life saving vaccines.

Instead of helping our nation move past this pandemic and persuading those still unvaccinated to get vaccinated and prevent further spread from the Delta variant, here’s what House Republicans have been doing:

New York Times:

In Congress, Republicans who once praised the Trump administration for its work facilitating the swift development of the vaccines now wage campaigns of vaccine misinformation, sowing doubts about safety and effectiveness from the Capitol…A wave of opposition to Covid vaccines has risen within the Republican Party, as conservative news outlets produce a steady diet of misinformation about vaccines and some G.O.P. lawmakers invite anti-vaccination conspiracy theorists to testify in statehouses and Congress. With very little resistance from party leaders, these Republican efforts have elevated falsehoods and doubts about vaccinations from the fringes of American life to the center of our political conversation.

Congressional Republicans have been waging “campaigns of vaccine misinformation [and] sowing doubts about safety and effectiveness” and their spread of disinformation has had tragic effects.  A recent Washington Post-ABC News Poll revealed that 47 percent of Republicans are unlikely to get vaccinated versus six percent of Democrats.  

With infections rising in Republican-leaning states, Kevin McCarthy has made it clear that his Members will face zero consequences, or even criticism, from him for their dangerous promotion of anti-vax conspiracies.