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In this report concerning the COVID-19 vaccine conversation on social media (Facebook) in the Republic of Moldova (RM), we look at data gathered by the International Republican Institute’s Beacon Project, via the tool CrowdTangle, to try to understand the trends and narratives that define it. We inclined towards local sources, despite the commonality of the Romanian language between the Romanian and Moldovan Facebook cyberspaces.

In this report concerning the COVID-19 vaccine conversation on social media (Facebook) in the Republic of Moldova (Moldova), 45north looks at data gathered by the International Republican Institute’s Beacon Project, via CrowdTangle, to try to understand the trends and narratives that define it. 45north inclined towards local sources, despite the commonality of the Romanian language between the Romanian and Moldovan Facebook cyberspaces.

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed and transformed the Hungarian anti-vax milieu that evolved from a small group composed primarily of parents concerned over childhood vaccination into a mass movement led by medical professionals and businessmen turned conspiracy theorists. This new breed of anti-vaxxers no longer hide their identity behind obscure webpages; they pursue their political, “professional,” or business interests openly, while their rhetoric is echoed by fringe pro-Kremlin, pro-Chinese and far-right figures, parties and media.