Disinformation: Pfizer is not a vaccine and its first dose is an immunosuppressant.
Verdict: FAKE NEWS
On 26 February 2021, Natia Gioshvili, a Facebook user, made a publication that includes an audio recording. The audio recording has the following caption in Russian: Cрочно!! Всем Услышать!! (Breaking! Everyone, listen up!). A woman, who presents herself as Yulia Gaponyuk, speaks in the recording and says she is a general practitioner doctor. Ms Gaponyuk speaks about the Pfizer vaccine and the re-infection of people in Israel after getting vaccinated. The information in the audio recording is untrue and is fake news.
Claim: After getting their first dose of the vaccine 12,400 got infected in Israel and 60 people got infected after the second dose.
Verdict: MANIPULATION OF FACTS
As reported by the Times of Israel, over two million Israeli nationals were vaccinated with the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine as of 19 January 2021 whilst 400,000 were vaccinated with the second dose. According to Israel’s Ministry of Healthcare’s data, of those vaccinate with the first dose 12,400 got infected and 69 people were infected after receiving their second doses. However, this does not mean that the vaccine causes infection in people.
In fact, people becoming infected after being vaccinated is not a surprising occurrence since the COVID-19 vaccine does not imply 100% protection from the virus. The COVID-19 vaccine cuts the infection risks to a minimum and helps the immune system easily beat the virus and avoid a lethal outcome in the case of infection.
In particular, as stated by the producer of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, its efficacy after the first does is nearly 52% and reaches 95% after the second dose. Therefore, it is important to take into consideration that some time is needed after vaccination in order to build immunity. The same information is given on the website of the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The section on Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines highlights that it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity. This means it is possible that a person could be infected with the coronavirus just before or just after vaccination.
Claim: Pfizer is not a vaccine and its first dose is an immunosuppressant.
Verdict: FAKE NEWS
Yulia Gaponyuk, based on the opinions of other scientists and scholars, makes a claim in the audio recording that Pfizer is not a vaccine. In particular, she claims that the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine is immunosuppressant and a luciferase gene which suppresses human immunity. The luciferase gene itself blocks the right hemisphere of brain as a result of which a human will be unable to pray. In fact, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine does not contain an immunosuppressant or the luciferase gene. In addition, an immunosuppressant is a substance which lowers the body’s immunity whilst the aim of vaccines, in general, and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, in particular, is to boost a human’s immune system vis-à-vis the virus. As a result of vaccination, antibodies are produced in the human body which protect the person from infection and enables the immune system to easily handle the virus in the case of infection.
Claim: Pfizer’s second dose contains nanochips.
Verdict: FAKE NEWS
According to Yulia Gaponyuk, the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine contains fluidic polymer nanochips which will allow the global elites to track and control people. Humans will be controlled by a special programme and despite their age, people with a weaker immunity will die and only “mid-age people and youth – a working livestock who only eat, drink and sleep, will survive. They will not be able to read books, watch theatrical shows and movies or do anything.” This information is not true. The Pfizer vaccine does not include fluidic polymer nanochips. In fact, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine contains lipid nanoparticles. Griffith University Professor of Infectious Diseases, Nigel McMillan, in his interview with the international fact-checking organisation AFP FactCheck, stated that the lipid nanoparticles found in the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 mRNA vaccine are a form of protection for the mRNA vaccine as they enter cells, clarifying that the lipid nanoparticles are made of fats that either naturally occur in the body (for instance, cholesterol) or are derived from plants (for instance, margarine). According to the Canadian biotechnology company Acuitas Therapeutics, the lipid nanoparticles take the mRNA safely through the body and delivers it into our cells. Therefore, the claim in the audio recording that the global elites will manage to subjugate/enslave people and control them with fluidic nanochips in the vaccine and special programme is a conspiracy theory.
Therefore, the information in the audio recording that the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine is an immunosuppressant and contains the luciferase gene whilst the second dose carries fluidic polymer nanochips is not true.
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