October 27, 2021
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Top Illinois health official says COVID-19 politics, misinformation are harming people | State and Regional

BELLEVILLE — Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, called what she described as the politicization of masks and vaccines “heartbreaking” during a recent virtual town hall discussion.

The town hall — themed as an update on “the current state of the pandemic in the Region 4 area” — lasted about an hour on Thursday night. Ezike addressed several COVID-related topics in a question and answer format during the session. Attendees were required to submit their questions and then a moderator picked and chose which ones Ezike answered.

“I am heartbroken that we have made people’s health a political football. I don’t even understand what people gain by telling people a mask, which saves lives every day in the hospital, or a vaccine that has saved so many lives that people around the world in poor countries are begging to get and we have it…

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