POLITICO Dispatch

The mainstreamification of anti-vaxxers

Episode Summary

Before the pandemic, anti-vaxxers were mostly fringe groups, falsely claiming that shots could cause autism in children. Now, Covid culture wars and red state laws to restrict vaccine mandates are reinvigorating the anti-vaccine movement nationwide — and that's a problem for ending the pandemic. POLITICO's Lauren Gardner reports. Plus, Biden nominates nine ambassadors. And progressive tech critic Lina Kahn is set to chair the FTC.

Episode Notes

Before the pandemic, anti-vaxxers were mostly fringe groups, falsely claiming that shots could cause autism in children. Now, Covid culture wars and red state laws to restrict vaccine mandates are reinvigorating the anti-vaccine movement nationwide — and that's a problem for ending the pandemic. POLITICO's Lauren Gardner reports. Plus, Biden nominates nine ambassadors. And progressive tech critic Lina Kahn is set to chair the FTC.

Lauren Gardner is an FDA reporter for POLITICO.
Jeremy Siegel is a host for POLITICO Dispatch.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio.

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