‘Anti-vaxxers who push rubbish theories are like Aids denialists’

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‘Anti-vaxxers who push rubbish theories are like Aids denialists’

Retired judge Edwin Cameron, using seat belts as an analogy, says jabs need to become a ‘legal norm’

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Retired Constitutional Court justice Edwin Cameron, revered for his gay rights and antiretroviral activism, says “hard-core anti-vaxxers in South Africa are similar to the Aids denialists”.

Speaking at an online event on Covid-19 and human rights organised by Daily Maverick, he said just like Aids denialists, anti-vaxxers push theories that there is “no virus”, or that it is “not significant”, or that life-saving drugs are “toxic”.

“That is, of course, all rubbish,” said Cameron, endorsing the views of fellow panellist Prof Salim Abdool Karim, head of Aids research centre Caprisa at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), who said mandatory vaccination should go ahead in many sectors...

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