Health crises — including global ones — have long been weaponized by the Kremlin.
If we’re going to have an honest conversation about Covid-19 disinformation, including treatments and vaccines, we cannot ignore the elephant in the room: President Donald Trump.
It is clear that we desperately need a public messaging campaign to counter Russian disinformation attacks — and we need it fast. Unfounded fears about the Pfizer vaccine could be seeded or amplified by Russia, leading to unnecessarily public health risks if people choose not to get vaccinated.
While President Trump lacks credibility, President-elect Joe Biden does have standing. And with the transition now underway, he is getting updated intelligence and information about the Covid-19 response. We could see him captain this critical Covid-19 vaccine information campaign.