The ‘anti-vax’ background noise is getting louder

The race for a Covid vaccine is on, but we still have to suffer the anti-vaxxers, says Miranda Levy.

uncancelled’s Miranda Levy tackles the ‘anti-vax’ debate for today’s Telegraph…

I was in a taxi the other day, and conversation turned – as it invariably does – to the Covid pandemic. Muffled by a mask in the backseat, I mentioned how much better things would be when we had access to a vaccine. My driver eyed me in the mirror. “Vaccine?” He said to me. “I’m not having one of those. Nor are my kids.”

My heart sank. I asked my driver why not. “I don’t know,” he said. “It’s not safe.” I told him that clinical trials were currently being performed by the best minds on the planet. He was not impressed. “Maybe in a few years. But for now, none of my friends are having it, and nor am I.” Pleas about herd immunity, or perhaps even saving the lives of his elderly parents, fell on deaf ears.

Sadly, my driver is not unique in his views. According to a poll of 5,000 people last month by, almost half of all parents insisted they would not vaccinate their child if and when a vaccine became available. Eighty-six per cent of these “anti-vaxxers” said the vaccine would be unsafe with “nasty” side-effects: a fifth thought Covid-19 “doesn’t really exist.”

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Miranda Levy

Miranda Levy is a journalist and author of more than 25 years’ experience. Starting out on magazines including Cosmopolitan and New Woman (RIP), Miranda then hacked it at the Daily Mail and Sunday Mirror before heading back to glossies and the launches of GLAMOUR and Grazia. She had two babies, wrote the Rough Guide to Babies in 2006, and became editor of Mother & Baby, where she was twice nominated for a British Society of Magazine Editors award. Now a freelance writer, Miranda covers many topics - but particularly health – mainly for the Daily Telegraph. She has written for many titles including the Spectator, the Jewish Chronicle and the New York Post. Miranda’s new book is out on June 3rd 2021.

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  1. Miranda, this taxi driver may be acting on his instinct but he is correct. MSM is corrupt to the core and the WHO has a history of both over reaction and pandering to/ or being controlled by the establishment. Who are these top scientists you cite working on a vaccine? The truth is you don’t know who they are. Can we trust Pharma companies who have consistently put profits ahead of people? The death numbers have already been proven to be massively skewed. Take s look around you…how many people are collapsing on the streets? Many people don’t realise why this is really happening, the financial and social takedown that is going on as we speak, but they are not stupid. Of course we cannot trust these official sources because they have skin in the game, and a generational history of deceit. I believe the silent majority don’t trust anything coming out of the TV, Papers or Govt and they need champions in the press. They need some people in positions of influence with the balls to speak out and actually do some journalism, even if it conflicts with their current world view. Sadly I don’t see much of that happening, and we will keep moving towards a future of limited freedom. Letting our children suffer the consequences.

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