October 27, 2021

FACT CHECK: Viral Image Claims This Parasite Is In COVID-19 Vaccines

An image shared on Facebook over 700 times claims COVID-19 vaccines contain a parasite called Polypodium hydriforme. Verdict: False The parasite Polypodium hydriforme, which infects sturgeon and paddlefish eggs, is not listed as an ingredient in any of the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. Experts also refuted the claim about COVID-19 vaccines containing the…

FACT CHECK: Viral Image Claims The CDC Director Said COVID-19 Vaccines Are ‘Failing’

An image shared on Facebook claims CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said COVID-19 vaccines are “failing” and vaccinated individuals can be “super-spreaders.” Verdict: False There is no record of Walensky saying that vaccines are “failing” or that vaccinated individuals are “super-spreaders.” In a recent press release, she said the viral loads of vaccinated people infected with…

CDC Director: Vaccines Can’t ‘Prevent Transmission’ with Delta, Get Vaccinated ‘to Protect You from Transmission to Others’

On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky stated that with the Delta variant, coronavirus vaccines cannot prevent transmission anymore, and urged people to get vaccinated “to protect you from transmission to others, as well as to protect all of us from seeing a more aggressive emerging variant.” Walensky said, “Our…

Disney Mandates Vaccines for U.S. Employees

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Walt Disney Company has joined other large companies in requiring employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The company said in a statement Friday that it will be requiring all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U.S. who work on site to be fully vaccinated. The statement said employees who…

Mooch Mandates Vaccines: ‘Don’t Want to Get Vaccinated, Leave’

Anthony Scaramucci, a hedge fund manager and past Trump administration official, mandated Friday coronavirus vaccines for office employees. “Make a decision… Get vaccinated. If you don’t want to get vaccinated, leave. That should be the message, and people will start getting vaccinated,” he said in an interview on CNBC. “We’re a private company. If somebody wants…

Zimbabwe Joins Growing Number of African Countries Rejecting Coronavirus Vaccines

Zimbabwe’s government on Sunday rejected an African Union donation of three million doses of the Chinese coronavirus vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson “citing lack of storage facilities” for the shots, the online newspaper New Zimbabwe reported on Monday. The secretary of Zimbabwe’s finance ministry, George Guvamatanga, turned down the donation in a letter addressed…

India: 2,000+ People in Mumbai ‘Duped’ into Buying Fake Vaccines

Police in the Indian city of Mumbai recently shut down a group of fraudulent Chinese coronavirus vaccine clinics for distributing fake vaccines and counterfeit certificates to over 2,053 paying clients, the Times of India reported on Thursday. Deepak Thakare, a public prosecutor for the Indian state of Maharashtra — of which Mumbai is the capital —…

Pope Francis Calls for ‘Temporary Suspension’ of Property Rights to Vaccines During ‘Vax Live’ Concert

ROME — Pope Francis called for universal access to coronavirus vaccines and “the temporary suspension of intellectual property rights” Saturday. “God the Creator instills in our hearts a new and generous spirit to abandon our individualisms and promote the common good,” the pope told participants in the VAX LIVE concert, “a spirit of justice that mobilizes…

Brazil Accuses Russia of Sending Vaccines Carrying Live Cold Virus

The top regulatory health authority of Brazil banned Sputnik V, a Chinese coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by Russia, on Wednesday citing, among other flaws, that samples it studied contained a live virus that causes respiratory illness. Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) also asserted that Russia’s Gamaleya Institute, which produced the vaccine candidate, did not provide…

Venezuela’s Maduro: ‘The U.S. Left the Rest of the World Without Vaccines’

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro complained on Thursday at an event allegedly meant to address public education that the United States had hoarded the world’s supply of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, addressing a European incident involving British-Swedish company Astra-Zeneca. At a televised event branded “every family a school” – meant to celebrate Venezuela’s alleged virtual school program…

Donald Trump: ‘Get the Dam Vaccines Out NOW’

President Donald Trump expressed impatience Friday with the Food and Drug Administration’s delayed approval of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. “While my pushing the money drenched but heavily bureaucratic FDA saved five years in the approval of NUMEROUS great new vaccines, it is still a big, old, slow turtle,” Trump wrote on Twitter, addressing FDA commissioner,…

Donald Trump Suggests Using Defense Production Act for Coronavirus Vaccines

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he was prepared to enact the Defense Production Act to make sure that Americans had enough coronavirus vaccines. The president made the remarks as he signed an executive order for American companies to prioritize the distribution of coronavirus vaccines to Americans first. “If necessary, I told you, we will invoke…

Joe Biden Pledges to Distribute 100 Million COVID Vaccines in First 100 Days

Joe Biden pledged his administration will distribute 100 million coronavirus vaccines to individuals most at risk during his first 100 days in office. Biden, who has been declared president-elect by multiple media outlets, made the promise when introducing key members of his public health team on Tuesday. During the event, which was held in Wilmington,…

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