There is still a lack of understanding who are those who object vaccination, be it in the case of the coronavirus or other infectious disease.
So this recent study is interesting, examining how anti- and not-anti-vaccination individuals speak on twitter:
Boosted b/c papers are interesting, though their attitude is not empathetic.
> A Python Package to Detect Anti-Vaccine Users on Twitter
Is dangerously close in tone to "We're now able to make a list of people who, if mass-arrested, would probably end the pandemic", which...
1. That kind of talk is not going to build social cohesion
2. Making lists of people has a bad historical reputation
I agree on that point. I also was a bit shocked of providing such analytical tool, which would not have been necessary for a science publication (granted that the dataset access requires the academic API). The title in particular does not seem neutral at all.
I found the aplroach interesting, but... yet inconclusive from what is presented...
And again you have my agreement 🙂 Me as a biochemist, I welcomed the development of a vaccine - and hated how some promoted it as a "miracle cure" as much as others making false claims about it to arhue for rejection.
In the end, it is a pharmaceutical intervention, which we should use to respond to diseases - but always with care and diligence.
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