By Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, July 16, 2021
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy on Thursday called on tech companies, health care workers, journalists and even ordinary Americans to do more to fight vaccine misinformation.
In a 22-page advisory, Murthy wrote that false claims have prompted people to reject coronavirus vaccines, masks and social distancing, undermining efforts to end the coronavirus pandemic and presenting an “urgent threat” to public health.
The warning comes as the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations has slowed throughout the United States, in part because of vaccine resistance.
Murthy, who also served as surgeon general under President Barack Obama, noted that surgeon general advisories have typically focused on physical threats to health, such as tobacco. But misinformation about COVID-19, deemed an “infodemic” by the World Health Organization, can be equally deadly, he noted.
“Misinformation poses an imminent and insidious threat to our nation’s health,” Murthy told