Texas Senator Ted Cruz has accused Big Bird, the American version of the bird Pino from the children’s television program Sesame Street, of “government propaganda.” the senator responded Monday on a tweet from the big yellow bird, in which he announced that he had been vaccinated against the corona virus. After the vaccination, the bird had a bit of a “stiff wing.” But Big Bird was happy because the vaccine “provides extra protection that keeps me and others healthy.”
Big Bird sent the tweet in response to the CDC’s recent advice to give children between the ages of five and 11 a modified dose of the Pfizer vaccine to fight corona. About 28 million American children are eligible for such a shot. Children run less risk of a serious illness, but can still pass on the virus. In addition, some died according to the CDC since the start of the pandemic until the end of October, 147 children up to and including 11 years old have had Covid-19.
BigBird Big Bird I got the COVID-19 vaccine today! My wing is feeling a little sore, but it’ll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy. Ms. @EricaRHill even said I’ve been getting vaccines since I was a little bird. I had no idea! 6 november 2021 @ 13:09
Ted Cruz has previously been involved in the discussion about childhood vaccination. In April he served a bill in, which prohibited the federal government and other federal agencies in Texas from introducing vaccines as an obligation for school-age children. Cruz is a conservative senator who ran for president in 2016. In the Republican Party primaries, he lost out to Donald Trump, who was subsequently elected president.
Ted Cruz’s attack on Pino attracted support from conservative opinion makers. For example, Fox News political commentator Lisa Boothe compared Big Bird’s tweet to “brainwashing children who are not at risk from corona”. Big Bird did receive a compliment from President Joe Biden. “Good job, Big Bird! Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep your neighborhood safe.” tweeted the account of the US president.
It is not the first time that Big Bird has spoken out in favor of vaccination, as witnessed by this video from 1972.
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