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Coronavirus vaccine Coronavirus: ‘We need to talk about misleading anti-vax claims’


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Coronavirus vaccine Coronavirus: ‘We need to talk about misleading anti-vax claims’

A vaccine is seen as a key way to defeat the coronavirus and get our lives back to normal.But misleading claims and false conspiracy theories about a potential coronavirus vaccine are rife on social media. Ogmore MP Chris Elmore, chair of the UK Parliament’s all-party group on social media, has called them a “ticking time…

Coronavirus vaccine Coronavirus: ‘We need to talk about misleading anti-vax claims’

Coronavirus vaccine

A vaccine is seen as a key way to defeat the coronavirus and get our lives back to normal.

But misleading claims and false conspiracy theories about a potential coronavirus vaccine are rife on social media.

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore, chair of the UK Parliament’s all-party group on social media, has called them a “ticking time bomb” and is calling on the UK government to do more to tackle anti-vax misinformation.

The big worry is that these misleading claims could be seen by people who are just nervous or curious about a potential vaccine.

BBC Wales brought together virology expert Dr Richard Stanton and Laura, who was nervous about the idea of a coronavirus vaccine after claims she had heard, to separate vaccine fact from fiction.

And Richard offers his top tips about how to spot a misleading vaccine claim online.

Reporting, BBC Wales Westminster Correspondent Ione Wells

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