A Wyoming health ministry official said last month that the potential COVID-19 vaccine was a biological weapon that Russia and China would use to spread communism.
Igor Shepherd is head of preparedness and countermeasures at the Department of Health. On November 10, he spoke at an event in Loveland, Colorado, organized by a group called Keep Colorado Free and Open.
Pastor called the ongoing COVID-19 crisis a “so-called pandemic” and spoke for more than an hour about his role in Wyoming, warning that vaccination is a communist catch.
Russia has begun introducing its own COVID vaccine, which it claims is 95 percent effective, but this is unlikely to be used in the United States. China has not yet developed a vaccine.
Pastor’s remarks are in sharp contrast to the state’s own public health measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon recently called those who underestimate the seriousness of COVID “knuckles.”
Shepherd has been with the Department of Health since 2013 and was part of the state’s response to the pandemic, writes the Associated Press. He did not serve as a leader.
“Everything we have said for months and our staff and local partners have done thousands of hours of dedicated work on this response, and our excitement for the hope offered by the vaccine clarifies the department’s overall position on the pandemic.” Kim Deti, a health spokesman, told Wyoming’s Casper Star-Tribune.
Keep Colorado Free and Open operates a private Facebook group with more than 6,000 members. His description is publicly available, and in part it reads, “We are a group of average citizens who care about our community, our state of Colorado, and our country.
“The orders and mandates we faced as a nation in response to the coronavirus are unconstitutional, and people everywhere are asking,‘ What can we do? “This group and our website is the answer to this question. We can do MUCH. We have a lot to do in terms of rights and duties!”
Attempts to develop the COVID vaccine have been a great success. The Moderna vaccine, recently praised by President Donald Trump, has protected 94.5 percent of people from the disease, the company said.
The vaccine, developed by Pfizer / BioNtech, has shown 95 percent effectiveness, while the University of Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine prevents 70 percent of people from developing symptoms, writes the BBC.
Mass vaccination against the virus will be an essential step in normalizing life by stopping the spread of the disease. However, there are concerns that some are refusing to accept the vaccine, which could pose public health risks.