Lewis Hamilton has issued a clarification after sharing an anti-vaccine social media post with his 18 million followers.
Following criticism of the post by many of his followers, Hamilton said he hadn’t seen the comment when he shared the video.
“I want to clarify my thoughts on it, as I understand why they might have been misinterpreted,” he said.
“Firstly, I hadn’t actually seen the comment attached so that is totally my fault and I have a lot of respect for the charity work Bill Gates does. I also want to be clear that I’m not against a vaccine and no doubt it will be important in the fight against Coronavirus, and I’m hopeful for its development to help save lives.”
Hamilton also indicated he still has some concerns about vaccines.
“After watching the video, I felt it showed that there is still a lot of uncertainty about the side effects most importantly and how it is going to be funded. I may not always get my posting right, I’m only human but I’m learning as we go. Sending you positivity.”
In January the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation pledged $10 billion over the next 10 years to aid every stage of the development and distribution of vaccines. However some countries have seen falls in vaccination rates, which some have blamed on a rise in ‘anti-vax’ conspiracy theories spread on social media.
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