People who argue against vaccines often use logical fallacies, like ad hominem attacks or appeals to hypocrisy, to suggest that pro-vaccine messages cannot be trusted because the healthcare providers, vaccine inventors or others delivering those messages make money on vaccines.

The irony of this argument, however, is that it is often central players in the anti-vaccine movement who are making money when the public believes that vaccines cause harm. They make money by selling unproven treatments or supplements, getting people to donate to their cause, instituting membership fees, and boosting one another’s website ads. More recently, several anti-vaccine groups benefitted from the U.S. government’s coronavirus response efforts, such as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Find out more in the Center for Countering Digital Hate’s (CCDH) recent report, “Pandemic Profiteers: The Business of Anti-vaxx.”

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