The global medical community is working around-the-clock to find and test a coronavirus vaccine.
But their efforts to safely achieve herd immunity is jeopardized by right-wing conspiracy theories about a coronavirus vaccine.
That dynamic was demonstrated on Saturday by right-wing pundit Michelle Malkin, who announced she would be refusing a vaccine because she believes in conspiracy theories involving Bill Gates.
Malkin said to her 2 million Twitter followers that, "sometimes conspiracies are true."
"They're not conspiracy theories — they’re conspiracy truths, they're conspiracy facts," she argued.
Here's some of what people were saying about her position:
Am fascinated by the burgeoning alliance between the alt right and the anti vaxxers. Going to go down this rabbit h… https://t.co/zFmGK3Q06e— Tim Miller (@Tim Miller)1589051547.0
Modern conservatism has basically become a death cult https://t.co/5LepKf1bQu— Michael Cohen (@Michael Cohen)1589052324.0
She’s gonna take the vaccine...she just won’t tell her fans that she is. https://t.co/1wmKqJJtjO— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@Yashar Ali 🐘)1589054323.0
This is the most disgusting pile of propaganda garbage I have seen of late. How do these people live with themselve… https://t.co/bQcxKbYxHc— Farrukh K. Pitafi (@Farrukh K. Pitafi)1589056310.0
Thoughts & prayers https://t.co/Zgo0y6hs1Y— Lloyd Grove (@Lloyd Grove)1589045273.0
great! more vaccines for sane people https://t.co/55qKJ5hutd— Eric Boehlert (@Eric Boehlert)1589051154.0
A mere decade and a half since this execrable FREEDOM™ grifter wrote a book called "In Defense of Internment: The C… https://t.co/ZuBnCDbfBP— Adam Weinstein (@Adam Weinstein)1589050731.0
Cool. Save up for funeral expenses. https://t.co/m7mbLLOzwu— Red (@Red)1589051257.0
ma'am this is a Taco Bell https://t.co/5AeikpItBf— Jason Linkins (@Jason Linkins)1589050806.0
The politicization of corona by the Trumpist right is remarkable. They’ve been marinating in their own conspiracy t… https://t.co/7ocCNpWy3x— Robert E Kelly (@Robert E Kelly)1589065498.0
I’ll take Michelle’s 🖐 https://t.co/6JkQj5B62A— Dara Doctor of the Law Does Deep State (@Dara Doctor of the Law Does Deep State)1589055170.0
The ignorance is strong with this one. https://t.co/Utv7F17Xdl— Bob Levine (@Bob Levine)1589057791.0
We have become a nation of morons. If this was just a fringe extremist, then maybe you just shake your head. The f… https://t.co/wQEsdzON7l— Merritt Paulson (@Merritt Paulson)1589058595.0
Somebody forgot their tinfoil hat. https://t.co/yJFPffKxZt https://t.co/T8g9CUCViR— Gabi *Masks up* McCauley (@Gabi *Masks up* McCauley)1589055781.0
Only Mr. Trump’s magical MAGA elixir can truly keep the coronavirus at bay. $59.99 act now while supplies last. https://t.co/vFkZOwN21D— Jon Favreau (@Jon Favreau)1589051907.0
Yay more vaccines for people who believe in science and will therefore survive https://t.co/ZYnckLMeGx— rabia O'chaudry (@rabia O'chaudry)1589054017.0
I’m just excited for her to start babbling about jfk jr rescuing the mole children https://t.co/BFyjLkm5oK— kilgore trout (@kilgore trout)1589050368.0