This week the White House teamed up with the Snapchat app to persuade young Americans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, Breitbart reported.
Users of the popular social media platform will from Wednesday be able to use an augmented reality lens with Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and viral immunologist Kizzmekia Corbett answering questions about the vaccine in an attempt to persuade them to get it.
According to the media outlet, the new Snapchat filter gives users four questions to ask, which are then answered by one of the White House members mentioned.
The questions that can be asked are: “Why should I get vaccinated?”; “Where do I go to get vaccinated?”; “Will this vaccine really protect me against variants?”; and “What other scientific information do I need to know?”
So, for example, if a user clicks on the first question, they get a “call” with President Biden saying, “Hey folks. We need to get vaccinated”, warning that new variants are “affecting young people,” but without giving further details.
The next question is answered by Kamala Harris, where near the end of her answer, in a demagogic attempt to convince the user, she mentions that starting 24 May, Uber and Lyft will offer free rides to vaccination sites.
The third question is answered by Fauci, who, in an attempt to convince that the vaccine is effective, says: “A person fully vaccinated at this time will be protected against the variants currently circulating in the country.”
Meanwhile, the final question, “What other scientific information do I need to know?” includes a call from US viral immunologist Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, who indicates that the virus will be less likely to mutate with more people vaccinated, without elaborating.
As can be seen from the terse answers merely formulated as a method of persuasion, they do nothing to address the concerns that many citizens are having about the serious adverse effects that vaccines are causing in young people.
Among the most serious is heart inflammation in newly vaccinated young adults. As recently as this week, Connecticut reported 18 new cases of heart problems that developed in teenagers within days of receiving the vaccine.
The first case involved a 17-year-old teenager diagnosed with pericarditis a few days after his second dose of the vaccine.
Gregory Hatton, the boy’s mother, said of her son, “He basically has a heart condition now and it’s terrifying,” Children’s Health Defense reported.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Connecticut Children’s said patients who came to the hospital with similar symptoms had both pericarditis and myocarditis.
As described by the National Organization for Rare Diseases on its website, Myocarditis can result from infections, but “more commonly the myocarditis is a result of the body’s immune reaction to the initial heart damage.”
In relation to these facts, and when the spate of serious cases in young people who had recently received the vaccine could no longer be hidden, on 17 May the CDC’s safety committee issued an advisory alerting doctors to reports of myocarditis.
The report said it appeared to occur predominantly in adolescents and young adults, more often in males than females, and occurred most often after the second dose and usually within four days of vaccination with Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
Meanwhile White House press secretary Jen Psaki, almost as if previewing the Biden administration’s next strategic push with Snapchat, said during a press conference on Monday that the Biden administration, despite the reported cases of myocarditis, will continue to advise young people to get vaccinated.
We might add, though the mortality rates for young people who contract the virus are extremely low. According to updated figures from the Worldometer, 98.6 percent of those who contracted the virus recovered.