In this episode of The New Abnormal, scientist and vaccine expert Dr. Peter Hotez discusses the dangerous strain of anti-vaccine rhetoric adopted by today’s right-wing conservatives. He delves into the research that suggests this vaccine hesitancy, fueled by far-right conspiracies, has contributed to the unique trajectory of American COVID-19 deaths over the past few years. Dr. Hotez emphasizes the importance of addressing this issue, as it has resulted in the deaths of a significant number of Americans. He estimates that up to 200,000 Americans were killed during the Delta and BA.1 Omicron waves due to individuals refusing vaccines after being influenced by elected officials, far-right media personalities, and conspiracy theories.
In addition to Dr. Hotez’s insights, labor reporter and author Kim Kelly joins the program to discuss the ongoing United Auto Workers’ strike and other labor-related news. The episode also provides an analysis of Kristen Welker’s debut on “Meet the Press,” including her interview with former President Donald Trump.
To listen to the full episode, it can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon, and Stitcher.