Anti-vax email ‘deluge’ hits European Parliament

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Irish and international members of theEuropean Parliamenthave been deluged by thousands of emails organised by anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown activists in a bid to stop the introduction of vaccine certificates intended to ease the resumption of travel in theEuropean Union.

The proposed pan-EU digital certificates would show if people have been vaccinated, tested negative or recovered from Covid-19.

Many of the emails are copies of a template text shared online by a network of activists that casts doubt on the safety and efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines and describes the certificate as “the same as imposing travel papers on Jews by the Nazi’s”.

MEPs and their staff described the emails as highly unusual because of their volume, their focus on a procedural vote that would usually not attract much interest and their grounding in misinformation about vaccines and the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is extremely unusual to have 2-3,000…

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