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An analysis of over 812,000 posts extracted from Facebook and Twitter between February 1 and March 16, 2021, shows that 65% of anti-vaccine content is attributable to 12 individuals. A number of these individuals benefit financially from their anti-vax work. None of them are the type of source I would depend on.
- Joseph Mercola – an anti-vaccine entrepreneur who sells dietary supplements and false cures as alternatives to vaccines.
- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. – a long-standing anti-vaxxer; his group released a film in mid-March targeting members of the Black and Latino communities with tailored anti-vaccine messages.
- Ty and Charlene Bollinger – anti-vax entrepreneurs who market books and DVDs about vaccines, cancer, and COVID-19; promoted the conspiracy theory that Bill Gates plans to inject everyone with microchips as part of the vaccination program.
- Sherri Tenpenny – promotes Andrew Wakefield’s anti-COVID vaccine writings (Wakefield lost his medical license due to involvement in the Lancet MMR autism fraud.)
- Rizza Islam – targets African Americans and promotes the theories that Bill Gates planned the pandemic and that COVID vaccines make women infertile.
- Rashid Buttar – claims that COVID-19 tests contain living microorganisms and that the vaccine makes women infertile.
- Erin Elizabeth – partner to Joseph Mercola, claims vaccines are part of a medical industry plan to create “a chronically ill population” and promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
- Sayer Ji – runs an alternative health website promoting anti-vax positions and claims that the Pfizer vaccine has killed more people than COVID.
- Kelly Brogan – partner of Sayer Ji, claims “there is no such thing as the coronavirus because it’s not possible to prove that any given pathogen has induced death” and claims the pandemic was planned.
- Christiane Northrup – OBGYN who has promoted anti-vaccine conspiracies and claims that vaccines cause an 800% increase in chronic illness.
- Ben Tapper – chiropractor who claims that there is a “total lack of evidence that viruses can live outside the body.”
- Kevin Jenkins – anti-vaccine activist who claims that the black community is being targeted for experimentation with the vaccine.