Dimitris Kouvelas, professor of clinical pharmacology at the Aristotle University and a vocal critic of vaccinations and coronavirus containment measures, appeared in court in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Tuesday for spreading misinformation about a Covid-19 vaccine.
Last year, Kouvelas was harassed and charged after he claimed online that a prominent government official’s health problems were the result of his SARS-CoV-2 vaccination.
In these statements, Kouvelas, as reportedly wrote on his social media account that the then head of civil protection, Nikos Hardalias, should instruct the National Organization for Medicines (EOF) to approve a coronavirus vaccine, which he indicated contributed to a heart attack – he suffered in August 2021.
A scientist who has gained wide popularity among anti-vaccines for his outspoken and often vulgar criticism of Covid restrictions and vaccination requirements has been charged under new legislation aimed at curbing the spread of “fake news”.
Several dozen protesters gathered outside the Thessaloniki courthouse to express their support for Kouvelas.
On Tuesday at noon, the trial was rescheduled for December 2022 as important witnesses failed to appear in court, a local publication reported. GRTimes.