SAN FRANCISCO | Facebook announced on Tuesday that it will now ban advertisements that discourage users from getting vaccinated, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic which has highlighted “the importance of preventive health measures.”
“Even though public health experts agree that we won’t have approved and widely available COVID-19 vaccines for some time to come, there are things people can do to stay healthy. health. Like the seasonal flu vaccine, ”the social media giant said in a statement.
The platform had already banned false information and scams identified by health institutions, such as the WHO (World Health Organization) or the CDC (American Centers for the Prevention and Control of Diseases).
However, it will continue to allow advertisements that advocate for or against government vaccine regulations.
The Californian group will also launch an information campaign in the United States on the vaccine against seasonal influenza, to help its users to be vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccines are expected as a major key to getting out of the pandemic, and several laboratories are currently conducting clinical trials.
The United States has pre-ordered millions of doses from Pfizer and Moderna, but also from the companies AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax and Sanofi, to ensure quick deliveries from the successful candidate.
Large social networks are regularly accused of allowing the anti-vaccine movement to develop.
According to US health authorities, the percentage of children reaching two years of age without any vaccination has increased from 0.9% of children born in 2011 to 1.3% of those born in 2015. The number of requests for vaccine exemptions has increased in 2017-2018 for the third consecutive school year in the United States.
A very large study of more than 650,000 Danish children followed over more than a decade, however, reached the same conclusion as several previous studies: the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) does not increase risk of autism, contrary to what is peddled on social networks.