A Dutch economist who was a prominent skeptic of the COVID-19 vaccines and an anti-lockdown campaigner has died at the age of 53 after contracting the disease.
Robin Fransman, a political economist, passed away due to the consequences of infection with the SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, on December 28 at a hospital in Amsterdam, Dutch daily newspaper Het Parool reported.
On December 3, Fransman announced on his Twitter page that he had tested positive for the disease. Fransman was unvaccinated and had been highly critical of the COVID-19 vaccines on social media, often downplaying their effectiveness.
Dutch economist Robin Fransman, the founder of an anti-lockdown group who refused to get vaccinated because coronavirus poses a “minimal risk,” has died of COVID-19. He was 53
— BNO Newsroom (@BNODesk) December 29, 2021
Wat een enorme schok, veel sterkte voor familie en vrienden: “Robin Fransman, vaccinatiescepticus en oprichter Herstel-NL, overleden aan gevolgen coronabesmetting”: https://t.co/cogqDr82Cy via @parool
— Wierd Duk (@wierdduk) December 29, 2021
— WappieFlappie (@WFlappie) December 29, 2021