Utah’s Republican governor said Friday that anti-vaccine messaging is “killing people” and pleaded with his state’s residents to get vaccinated.
During a news conference Friday, a reporter asked Governor Spencer Cox how harmful anti-vaccine rhetoric, particularly from right-wing sources, has been to the state’s vaccination effort.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” Cox said after praising former President Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed. “I don’t think we can take credit for the vaccine and then tell people that there’s something wrong with the vaccine.”
“We have these – these talking heads who have gotten the vaccine and are telling other people not to get the vaccine. That kind of stuff is just, it’s ridiculous. It’s dangerous, it’s damaging, and it’s killing people,” Cox said. “I mean, it’s literally killing their supporters. And that makes no sense to me.”