Sunday, May 19, 2024


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Mercury Project Funds Research to Convince More People to Get COVID Shots

vaccinated girl giving ok sign

The Mercury Project, a global consortium of researchers dedicated to “combating the impacts of mis- and disinformation on public health,” is being sponsored by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) of Brooklyn, New York. SSRC announced on Aug. 23, 2022 that it will provide $7.2 million in grant funding teams doing behavioral research aimed at better understanding “how health mis- and disinformation spreads, how to combat it, and how to build stronger information systems,” for the purpose of using this knowledge to develop strategies—”locally tailored solutions”—to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates.1 2 3

Money distributed as part of The Mercury Project (which alludes to the ancient Roman god Mercury of messages and communication) will be given to 12 research teams working in the United States and 16 other countries, including Bolivia, Brazil, Côte D’Ivoire, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe..1 2 3

Harnessing Influencers to Counter Misinformation and Targeting Children

“With COVID-19 prevalent and rapidly evolving everywhere, there is a pressing need to identify interventions with the potential to increase vaccination take-up,” said SSRC president Anna Harvey. “Vaccines are only effective if they become vaccinations; vaccines are a scientific marvel but their potential is unfulfilled if they are left on the shelf.”1 3

Each of the teams participating in The Mercury Project will receive more than $600,000 to conduct research topics such as “Combatting health misinformation with community-crafted messaging: Developing a scalable community-driven approach in Latin America and the United States.” The teams will also research how to…

harness influencers to counter misinformation2

and censor dissenting viewpoints on social media through…

network-transforming interventions for reducing the spread of health misinformation online2

A primary focus of the research will be children. According to the Rockefeller Foundation, the research will enable “literacy training for secondary school students in partnership with local authorities to help students identify COVID-19 vaccine misinformation.”3

“By funding projects on the ground around the world, this work will help us understand what works where, and why, and identify new ways to harness the power of connection and communication to advance public health goals,” said Heather Lanthorn, program director at The Mercury Project.1

Mercury Project Has $10.25 Million in Available Funds

Funding donations for The Mercury Project currently stands at 10.25 million. The primary donor is the Rockefeller Foundation, which gave $7.5 million to the program in September 2021 to help cover the costs of “launching a research consortium to drive acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccination efforts and provide insights to counter health mis- and dis- information” through Aug. 31, 2024.1 2 3

The remaining funds for The Mercury Project were provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ($2 million), Craig Newmark Philanthropies ($500,000) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation ($250,000).1 2 4

“We need to stop thinking about misinformation and disinformation as just a technology problem,” said Bruce Gellin, MD, Chief of Global Public Health Strategy of The Rockefeller Foundation and former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health and Director of the National Vaccine Program Office. “This requires swift, strategic, and synergized efforts embodied in the vision of The Mercury Project, a landmark effort to tackle these problems and build solutions we can use long after this pandemic is over to help protect us from any future pandemic threats.”4

National Science Foundation Partners With The Mercury Project to Increase Vaccinations

In a separate but similar initiative, SSRC, through The Mercury Project, is partnering with the National Science Foundation (NSF) on a $20 million effort to “support social and behavioral science R&D designed to identify interventions with the potential to increase vaccination demand and other health behaviors grounded in science-based public health guidance.5

The NSF is a federal agency that has a budget of about $10 billion appropriated by Congress.6

SSRC’s partnership with NSF will support research teams that are:

seeking to evaluate online or offline interventions to increase COVID-19 vaccination demand and other positive health behaviors, including by targeting the producers and/or consumers of inaccurate health information and/or by increasing confidence in reliable health information.5

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11 Responses

  1. Yes their is too much misinformation about COVID vaccine.
    Most is spread by the pharmacy funding media.
    They don’t want to stop misinformation.
    They want to know how to spread misinformation.

  2. What silly nonsense. After all the lies we have been subject too, no amount of mumbo-jumbo will alter people’s minds…I dearly hope.

  3. Damned, it’s officially a cult, the cult of blind belief in vaccine safety and effectiveness. Turns out if you repeat something enough times, it becomes true. The money would have been better spent following all those whom became vaccine injured, or research, or third party verification of product safety, or regulatory systems reform, or more robust approval process, or really anything else.

    The ministry of propaganda is growing in size and scope. This is why as a rule of thumb; we resist influences and influencers. They can all just fall off today and get in line, we hate everyone equally. We don’t care about your feelings, your beliefs, your products, your wares, your money, your safety, or your health. What a complete waste of money time and effort. Of course, this group will simply ignore any and all evidence which points to legitimate concerns for non negotiable personal opt out choices, but rather will simply blindly believe that if their messaging was better or different, more people would buy their products.

    This reminds me of the philosopher doctor that Alex Jones had on the other day, talking about ‘Mass Formation’. They’re in a trance, they’ve hypnotized themselves, and they truly believe their own messaging. Get your mind around it, these are dangerous people. Collectively their shared communicant psychosis has the power to destroy the world, and all of our lives. What they’re pushing is beyond simple propaganda, because they actually believe the messages we interpret as propaganda. Get your mind around it, and understand the stages of mass formation. We’re already so well along, massive mob action is a real possibility now, and personal persecution is already a solidified practice which is being utilized more and more frequently. It’s not over, not even close.

    We opt out of the vaccine program on principal alone. Good ideas do not require force, or government subsidies.

  4. It is very obvious that this research effort is directed to influence people of color. Outside of the research sites in the US, the others are all in countries of predominately brown and black people! Eugenics policies at work!!

  5. “Mercury Project.” Appropriately named, considering that mercury is among the most toxic elements known to man and is still present in a number of vaccines.

  6. What is wrong with people who intentionally spread lies and mis/disinformation about health related subjects? They are SOCIOPATHS. Period. They care for no one but themselves. Their next of kin include Pol Pot, Stalin, Hitler…etc.

  7. the choice of partnership with specific countries (11, if I counted correctly in Africa!!!) is indeed as someone mentioned very telling…. is there some type of coercion going on to the government or officials in these countries? Do they really think that people are so uneducated that they will not see through this.
    And yes, they could have chosen a better name than Mercury (even though they may refer to a Roman God) for the project, or is it in a twisted way the underlying objective, i.e. poison entire population.
    People will find a way to get the truth. No matter how powerful with their money those people think they are, they cannot actually control all the informtion, not in this day and age, and they cannot silence those who seek the true TRUTH.

  8. Only people who are unaware of the covid jabs horrible track record would be gullible enough to listen to the mercury project. Some people do learn something from the mistakes of others.

  9. This “project” has an annoyingly familiar smell. I’ve been smelling it for some time now, and it seems to be getting worse. I hope that more people, who couldn’t smell it before are, at least, beginning to get the drift!! PeeYew!!!!

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