Austria mourns suicide of doctor targeted by anti-vaccine activists

Austrian leaders have called for national unity after the suicide of a doctor who faced death threats from anti-vaccine activists and coronavirus pandemic conspiracy theorists.

“Let’s put an end to this act of intimidation and fear-mongering. There is no place for hatred and intolerance in Austria,” said President Alexander van der Bellen, and Lisa Maria Kellermeier to heal people and heal the sick. He was praised as a doctor who protects against and takes a cautious approach to the pandemic.

“But some people were outraged by this. And these people scared and threatened her. First on the internet, then in person, in person during her practice.”

The body of a doctor who frequently gave media interviews about fighting the coronavirus pandemic and promoting vaccination was found in her office in Upper Austria on Friday.

Media quoted prosecutors saying they found a suicide note and not planning an autopsy.

Austria last month dropped plans to introduce compulsory vaccination of adults for COVID-19, saying the measure was unlikely to raise one of the lowest vaccination rates in Western Europe.Read full text

Tens of thousands of people marched in regular protests last year against plans for lockdowns and mandatory vaccinations, highlighting the social divisions many countries have experienced over public health measures.

But the Austrian Medical Association said the death of a doctor reflected a broader trend of threats to medical staff, sending shockwaves through the country.

“The hatred of people is unacceptable. This hatred must finally stop,” said Health Minister Johannes Rauch. Austria mourns suicide of doctor targeted by anti-vaccine activists

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