How a vaccine side-effect database has sowed doubt in vaccinations

Omission bias when using VAERS has been used to mislead and misrepresent statistics by anti-vaccine protagonists

06 December 2021 - 19:23 By Kristen V Brown

Midway into the pandemic, University of Alabama epidemiologist Bertha Hidalgo realised her Covid communication strategy needed a makeover.

She was skipping basic biology lessons in favour of simply telling people the best ways to moderate their behaviour in response to the virus. Instead of helping people better understand the virus, her approach sometimes backfired, introducing more doubt instead of less...

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