Bartolomeo Pepe (3 November 1962 – 23 December 2021) was an Italian politician.
|Member of the Senate of the Republic of Italy|
15 March 2013 – 22 March 2018
|Born||3 November 1962|
|Died||23 December 2021 (aged 59)|
|Political party||M5S (2013–2014) |
An avowed anti-vaxxer, Pepe vocally opposed the mandatory vaccination of schoolchildren in Italy, supported the idea of a link between vaccines and autism, and spread a number of conspiracy theories, such as the ones regarding chemtrails. After the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, he called the media coverage and containment measures "ridiculous hysteria" and opposed the subsequent vaccination campaign. He died from COVID-19 on 23 December 2021, at the age of 59.
- "Bartolomeo PEPE". Senato della Repubblica (in Italian).
- Sannino, Conchita (23 December 2021). "Covid, è morto l'ex senatore M5S Bartolomeo Pepe. Era un convinto No Vax". la Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 24 December 2021.