Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a daily briefing on the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, on June 3, 2020.
Andrew Parsons | 10 Downing St | via Reuters
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has branded vaccine opponents “nuts”.
Johnson spoke to a medical facility in London on Friday and said, “There are all these anti-Vaxxers now, aren’t there?” before adding “they’re crazy.”
His comments come as pharmaceutical and biotech companies around the world conduct early tests for potential coronavirus vaccines.
Anti-vaccine activists who are against vaccination have organized protests after the current crisis. They believe that, contrary to scientific evidence, vaccine ingredients can harm the body.
Unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about a pharmaceutical conspiracy or Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who uses the vaccine to implant tracking devices, have also grown in importance during the outbreak. Gates denied the exposed theory in an interview earlier this week.
In a YouGov poll in late June, one in six UK respondents said that they “definitely” or “probably” would not be vaccinated against Covid-19 should a vaccine become available.
Earlier this week a potential vaccine developed by Oxford University in collaboration with the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca In a large study in humans at an early stage, a promising immune response was triggered.
Johnson also told reporters that everyone in the UK should be given a flu vaccine to prevent the country’s national health service from becoming overwhelmed if coronavirus cases recur in winter. Although he was concerned about a possible second surge, the prime minister suggested, according to Reuters, that the country would overcome the Covid 19 pandemic by mid-2021.
– CNBC’s Berkeley Lovelace Jr. contributed to this article.