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Only last month ex-US president Donald Trump laughably claimed credit for the US Covid vaccine success as he told an audience in North Carolina they would “be in a lot of trouble right now” without him. The truth is, it’s under his successor that the US vaccination campaign has really taken off. On 4 July, President Joe Biden hailed the progress against Covid-19, with more than 150 million adults fully vaccinated and infections plunging by 93 per cent since Inauguration Day. It hasn’t taken right-wing cynics long, with Democrats at the helm, to join the flat-Earth brigade in deciding vaccination isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Conservative media outlets are leading the attacks. Newsmax host Rob Schmitt suggested last week that vaccines go “against nature”. Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, said of vaccination: “Maybe it doesn’t work, and they’re simply not telling you that.” Last week a Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that nearly 47 per cent of residents in areas won by Biden were fully vaccinated, compared to 35 percent of residents in Trump-supporting counties. The rising anti-vaxx message is alarming US health experts as Covid cases surge once again.

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