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The Chair of the US CDC said she wants to ‘get rid of white people’.
False. A comment on vaccine acceptance differences is taken out of context.
A video on YouTube claims to show the Chair of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr Carole Baker talking, and implies that the CDC wants to get rid of all the white people in the US. The author says below the video, ‘the cdc is an arm of the united nations / vatican and are part of reducing the population and should be held accountable.’
This is false, this comment on preference of different communities to accept vaccines has been taken out of context. Dr Baker is talking about the resistance to vaccination from some communities in Houston Texas, comparing the white community with the immigrant hispanic community. The CDC’s National Immunisation Survey’s show that vaccination reluctance correlates with white college-educated females, with an NCBI study also correlating with higher incomes. Paul Offit, a professor of pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia told the Philadelphia Inquirer, “Frankly, these Caucasian, suburban, educated parents believe they can Google the word vaccine and get as much information as anybody.”
This video is not recent, it appears to be from a panel event of childhood vaccines in 2016. Dr Baker has never been ‘the Chair of the CDC’, she chaired the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices from 2009 to 2012. Dr. Baker is a pediatric infectious disease specialist, recently receiving an award in 2019 from The Sabin Vaccine Institute for her work. Baker has authored or co-authored more than 400 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, including a book on vaccine-preventable diseases.
Short clips of someone speaking can often be misleading, as they miss the context of the person’s full speech, and what other people said before and after it. We have written before about conspiracy theories that the coronavirus is a plot to reduce the global population, as well as concerns about the supposed dangers of vaccines – the anti-vaxxer movement in the US. There are long-standing concerns among the far-right in the US that the white majority is losing influence due to immigration into the country.
World Health Organization (WHO): Six common misconceptions about immunization
World Health Organization: Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for Covid-19?
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): NIS | National Immunization Surveys | Home | Vaccines
National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI): Sociodemographic Predictors of Vaccination Exemptions on the Basis of Personal Belief in California
McGovern Medical School: Dr. Carol Baker Receives 2019 Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal
Professor Paul Offit, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in The Philadelphia Inquirer: Anti-vaccine parents are often white, college-educated, ‘Whole Foods moms’
National Meningitis Association (NMA): Panel on Childhood Vaccine Successes in the US