Ted Cruz criticizes Big Bird for promoting COVID-19 vaccines

Senator Ted Cruz was recently at the forefront of a Twitter exchange about COVID-19 vaccines with none other than Big Bird from Sesame Street.

The 8-foot doll appeared on CNN’s City Hall on Saturday as part of an ongoing series titled “The ABCs of COVID-19” alongside reporter Erica Hill. He later tweeted: “I got the COVID-19 vaccine today! My wing hurts a little, but it will give my body an extra protective boost that will keep me and others healthy. Ms @EricaRHill even said that I’ve been getting vaccinated since I was a birdie. I had no idea! ”

Senator Cruz responded to Big Bird’s tweet, referring to it as “government propaganda,” and he was not alone in his criticism. Fox News’ Lisa Boothe called the tweet “Brainwashing children who are not at risk for COVID. Twisted.”

However, not everyone shared this belief. Dr. Tom Nelson, an Indiana emergency room physician, thanked Big Bird for receiving his vaccine. Senator Cruz also received a reminder from Walter Schaub, former director of the US Government Ethics Office, that “he is vaccinated.”

This debate adds to news that this week the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine got final approval from the CDC for use in children ages five to 11. Big Bird is described in the Sesame Street writers guide as being six and a half years old, making him a suitable candidate for the vaccine within the recently approved age group. Despite his age, Big Bird has a history of promoting vaccines dating back to 1972.
Many parents have expressed concern about whether the vaccine is necessary for children. The first strains of the COVID-19 virus did not greatly affect children, but the newer variants may be of more concern. the CDC reported In October, 66 children between the ages of five and 11 died from COVID-19, and the rates are increasing. Children can also transmit the virus to other populations. The United States is one of the first nations in the world to approve a vaccine for this age group.
In the presentThe United States faces a death toll of more than 753,000 and 46.5 million Americans have been infected.


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