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John Oliver on Vaccines

In 1 Video, John Oliver Makes Anti-Vaxxers Look So Unbelievably Clueless

John Oliver has taken on plenty of buzzy topics as host of Last Week Tonight — the public school system, International Women's Day, abortion — and his latest show tackles the one contentious subject that shouldn't be buzzy at all: vaccines.

Namely, the rise of vaccine skeptics in America.

"Small groups are both skeptical and vocal about vaccines, which is nothing new," Oliver said on his show, which aired Sunday evening. "But these days their voice has been amplified by the human megaphone that is the president of the United States."

What followed was a clip of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump supporting an alternative vaccination schedule that spreads out the time period between inoculations. To Oliver, it's this belief that is more dangerous that that of the staunch anti-vaxxers.

"That sounds like a decent compromise because it's the middle-ground position, right?" Oliver said. "The problem is, it's the middle ground between sense and nonsense. It's like saying, 'It would be crazy to eat that entire bar of soap, so I'll just eat half of it.'"

If you remember one thing from this 27-minute primer on vaccines — aside from the fact that memes aren't facts and that Oliver is really good at making up inspirational quotes — let it be that.

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