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Coronavirus denialism (history repeats itself)

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“The controversy behind the scenes of ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

“A couple of journalists tried to make their names promoting AIDS denialism. Websites were launched. And a nutty millionaire funded a slick documentary that claimed to expose the scientific fraud around the ‘harmless virus’ HIV.

“But most enraging of all, South Africa’s president Thabo Mbeki became a denialist and kept antivirus out of his country from 2000 to 2005, until finally its supreme court intervened. An estimated 340,000 lives were lost and 35,000 babies were infected because of Mbeki’s denialism.”

— Vanity Fair, Sept. 30, 2021, by Peter Staley

Today, U.S. total coronavirus-related deaths as of Oct. 8, 2021 … 710,173.

LANCE HEITZ,

Presque Isle

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