by Sayer Ji, Activist Post:
The war against so-called ‘vaccine preventable’ diseases has a new frontier: the Internet, and most recently The Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) has entered the fray with the publication of an interactive map that it claims “visually plots global outbreaks of measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, rubella, and other diseases that are easily preventable by inexpensive and effective vaccines.” This widely referenced map generated news headlines such as:
- LA Times: “The toll of the anti-vaccination movement, in one devastating graphic”
- Medical Daily: “Map Shows Anti-Vaccine Movement’s Impact On Public Health In U.S., Europe”
- The Verge: “Map of preventable disease outbreaks shows the influence of anti-vaccination movements”
CFR’s map is “made possible by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” and is part of The Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, which it claims “provides independent, evidence-based analysis and recommendations to help policymakers, business leaders, journalists, and the general public meet the health challenges of a globalized world.”
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