Liberal MP falsely accused MP Rempel Garner of spreading “vaccine hesitancy”

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Liberal MP Ryan Turnbull falsely accused Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner of spreading “vaccine hesitancy” after she questioned whether the AstraZeneca vaccine was safe for at-risk populations. On February 27, Turnbull tweeted that Rempel Garner was “attempting to stoke fear into the public and contribute to ‘vaccine hesitancy’ around the newly approved AstraZeneca vaccine.” Days later, Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) released a directive recommending people over the age of 65 to not use the vaccine due to “the insufficiency of evidence of efficacy in this age group at this time.” “Efficacy in this age group will be updated as additional data becomes available from currently ongoing trials,” said Health Canada.

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