COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation and Disinformation Costs an Estimated 50 to 300 Million Each Day
Bruns, R., Hosangadi, D., Trotochaud, M., et al. (2021). COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation and Disinformation Costs an Estimated $50 to $300 Million Each Day. Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
This brief describes the economic repercussions of COVID-19 mis- and disinformation. The authors calculate that (including the costs of hospitalization, valuation of lives lost, and long-term COVID-19 morbidity) voluntary declination of COVID-19 vaccination caused $1 billion of harm per day and that $50-300 million of that total could be attributed to mis/disinformation between the time when vaccines became available and the time of publication.