China News Service, August 2 reported that among all age groups eligible for new crown vaccination in the United States, the young population has the lowest vaccination rate.

In order to increase the vaccination rate to fight the more contagious variant virus, the White House recruited more than 50 social media celebrities to lobby its huge online audience to get the new crown vaccine.

  According to reports, this group of influencers includes social media celebrities who are active on platforms such as Twitch, YouTube, and TikTok.

On July 30, local time, citizens of New York State, the United States, wore masks while shopping in a supermarket on Long Island.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Liao Pan

  According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), less than half of the 18 to 39-year-olds in the United States have been vaccinated, while more than two-thirds of the 50-year-olds have been vaccinated; between the ages of 12 and 17 Among the population, about 58% have not yet received the first dose of vaccine.

  U.S. state and local governments have also started similar online publicity activities.

  According to reports, some local celebrities with 5,000 to 100,000 fans promote vaccinations to fans, and can earn up to $1,000 a month.

  The report pointed out that the US authorities used Internet celebrities to encourage vaccination, partly to counter the increasing amount of misinformation about vaccination on the Internet.

  However, in the face of the strong online voice of anti-vaccine activists, some young social media creators said that they chose not to express any opinions on the vaccine in order to avoid triggering a politicized backlash.

  Di Resta, a researcher at the Stanford Internet Observatory, said that although Internet celebrities can exert some influence, they may not be able to compete with large-scale online campaigns.

  She said: "Those who believe that vaccines are harmful are talking about it every day. These people will do their best to drive hashtags and disseminate content on the Internet."

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