US politician Ted Cruz – known as a hardliner in the Republican Party – criticized a “Sesame Street” post on corona vaccinations on Twitter. The TV show had advertised the vaccination of children on Tuesday. A tweet from the character “Elmo,” a red-furred doll, read: “Elmo got his coronavirus shots today, as did Elmo’s mom and dad. Elmo’s dad had a lot of questions, but Elmo’s doctor said the vaccination will help keep Elmo healthy – as will all of Elmo’s friends and family.”
Texas Senator Cruz wrote: “Thank you Sesame Street for allowing parents to ask questions. And then you let Elmo aggressively promote vaccination for under-5s. But brings no scientific evidence for it.”
Cruz’s post was picked up by many media outlets and Twitter users. According to The Washington Post, this isn’t the first time the Conservative politician has taken on a Sesame Street doll. Last year he criticized the character Bibo – a large, yellow bird – when promoting the vaccination.
On Saturday, the US health authority CDC spoke out in favor of the use of coronavirus vaccines in children between the ages of six months and five years. US President Joe Biden called the decision a “huge step forward in our country’s fight against the virus.” This is a day of relief for parents in the country.