When the death of Colin Powell due to complications from COVID-19 was announced, medical experts feared that anti-vaxxers might try to use the tragedy to fuel their conspiracy-laden agenda. It didn’t take long for those worries to come to fruition. thedailybeast.com/colin-powe…
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“If his death led to other preventable deaths, it would be a great tragedy,” Lawrence Gostin, a Georgetown University global-health expert, told The Daily Beast. thedailybeast.com/colin-powe…
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Noting that details of Powell’s vaccination type—or if he received a booster —were not yet available, Gostin suggested that Powell’s immunocompromised state may have had an impact on his ability to fight against COVID-19: "That may have been his problem.” thedailybeast.com/colin-powe…
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Not an hour after Powell’s death was announced, Fox & Friends co-host Will Cain used the news as an opportunity to rant about COVID-19 vaccines. “This day will be a day for many things. It’s also a day to remember the implications on everyday Americans.” thedailybeast.com/colin-powe…
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Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, who has loudly opposed so-called vaccine passports, also used Powell’s death to decry the jab, writing on Twitter that “post-vaccine breakthrough infection kills more people than Iraq’s WMD’s ever did.” thedailybeast.com/colin-powe…
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Dr. Peter Hotez, a virologist at Baylor College of Medicine, has concerns about how anti-vaccine groups will use Powell's death going forward: “These groups have greater bandwidth and a big presence online. So get ready for some wild Powell theories."thedailybeast.com/colin-powe…
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8:06 PM · Oct 18, 2021

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