It is reported that a man in his 30s in the United States who emphasized ‘anti-vaccine’ on social media was infected with Corona 19 and died.
Local media, including CNN and AP, reported on the 24th (local time) that Stephen Harman, a 34-year-old American who was battling COVID-19, died at a hospital in Los Angeles on the 21st. Harman’s death is said to have come to light when the church he attended shared the news on social media.
Harman garnered attention by posting a series of posts mocking the US government’s vaccination campaign before he contracted COVID-19. He, who said he rejects vaccines based on religious beliefs, wrote last month, “I have 99 problems, but vaccines aren’t a problem.” They should be called ‘witnesses’.” The Joe Biden administration’s efforts to strongly encourage their citizens to vaccinate against COVID-19 are compared to the evangelism of ‘Jehovah’s Witnesses’.
It was reported that Harman was diagnosed with Corona on the 30th of last month. He was admitted to the hospital with symptoms of pneumonia, and even after being hospitalized, he is said to have expressed his belief that he will not be vaccinated. Before he died, he took a picture of himself lying on the bed and posted it on social media, saying, “Intubate the trachea and put on a ventilator. I don’t know when I’ll wake up Please pray.”
Vaccine rejection in some parts of Western society, including the United States, has been deeply rooted for over 200 years. They point out that forcing the government to vaccinate is a violation of individuals’ right to health, and the interests of pharmaceutical companies may lead to the spread of vaccines that have not been tested for safety. In some cases, like Harman, anti-vaccine arguments are linked to religious beliefs.
Vaccination resistance in Western society is making it difficult to increase vaccination rates. “The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has increased tenfold,” said Dr Orin Friedman, who was Harman’s primary care physician. “Practically all patients hospitalized for COVID-19 were not vaccinated.”