Ken Weyler and NH Republicans vote to delay federal funding for vaccines
Throughout the pandemic that killed more than 600,000 Americans and disrupted daily life in the United States for more than a year, conservative elected officials and media figures have actively disseminated misinformation regarding its severity and treatment.
Whether it’s denouncing the use of masks or promoting bogus treatments like hydroxychloroquine, conspiracy theories surrounding the virus have multiplied in the right-wing media sphere.
These illusions have crept into life-saving vaccines against the virus, which are widely available and have been shown to be safe and effective. Conspiracy theorists have claimed the vaccine is magnetized or microchipped, or even more dangerous than the virus itself.
Additionally, the Biden administration’s efforts to encourage the public to take the vaccine have been described as overly federal. Far-right provocateurs compared a voluntary door-to-door vaccine education initiative to historic scourges like the gestapo.
Now, the state representative who chairs the New Hampshire House Finance Committee, Ken Weyler, and his GOP colleagues delayed distribution $ 27 million in federal funding for vaccine awareness in the state, citing concerns about “Big Pharma” and saying it’s unnecessary.
“They want everyone to get vaccinated. Why? Are they paid by Big Pharma? Is there something about the shot that will help them control us? There is a lot that I read that make me very suspicious. “
At the same hearing for the consequent vote, Weyler falsely told New Hampshire Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette that he believed the majority of COVID-related hospitalizations were to people who had been vaccinated, citing no source.
People were disgusted with the development.
They said he was focusing on the wrong targets to fight Big Pharma.
It is not known when the funds will be released.