A model has shared baseless claims about the novel coronavirus and the vaccines that protect it.
The statements were made in a viral monologue alleging that it found “an overwhelming amount of evidence” that the COVID-19 vaccines are “an act of terrorism” against the British people.
The video, viewed over 60,000 times on Instagram (here) and 2,000 more times on Facebook (here), does not provide any reference or detail the allegations previously debunked by Reuters.
This article will address the most problematic claims made by the speaker, a model called Rory Marshall (here). He was not available for comment at the time of posting.
Marshall tells viewers that the definition of a vaccine has changed to include an “injectable medical device.” The shot, he says, is a “computer-modeled synthetic spike protein” allegedly based on the coronavirus.
Reuters debunked these claims before here and here.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a vaccine as a product that boosts immunity against a disease and protects the person against that disease (here). The Oxford Dictionary gives a similar definition: “A substance used to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide immunity against one or more diseases.” ” (here)
This is how COVID-19 vaccines work, they just use new technology. Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna injections contain the genetic code (mRNA) for the spike protein found on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Once inside the body, the spike protein is produced, which causes the immune system to recognize it and initiate an immune response.
The Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson jabs are viral vectors, which means that a harmless virus enters the body and uses the machinery of the cell to produce a spike protein, which also triggers an immune response.
None of these vaccines contain injectable medical devices modeled with a computer. More information is available through the CDC (here; here) and the University of Oxford’s Vaccine Knowledge Project (here).
ISOLATE THE VIRUS
Marshall says the new coronavirus has never been isolated. He cites ex-Pfizer scientist Michael Yeadon as a corroborating source, an individual who has repeatedly disseminated disinformation about COVID-19 (here and here).
There are multiple examples of scientists isolating SARS-CoV-2 (here, here, here, here), where they have also sequenced the entire genome (here, here, here).
Images of the isolated virus have been released by the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (here) and the Oxford Museum of Natural History has even opened an art installation based on the first genomic map of SARS-CoV- 2 from Wuhan, China (here). Other examples can be found in previous Reuters fact checks (here; here).
NUMBER OF DEATHS
The speaker downplays the danger posed by COVID-19 by saying statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal the death rate was “not that different” from the five-year average.
ONS data shows that the total number of deaths in 2020 was 75,925 higher than expected considering the five-year average between 2015 and 2019 (here). The King’s Fund, an independent charity, also calculated that the first wave caused 25% more deaths than the five-year average for the same period, with the second wave causing 14% more deaths than in previous years (here ).
Marshall adds that “typical” causes of death like pneumonia have been renamed COVID-19. This claim suggests a misunderstanding of comorbidities, explained by Reuters here.
The video then goes on to address misinformation that deaths from COVID-19 are cover for illnesses caused by 5G networks.
He said, “There is a lot of confusion and guesswork as to whether or not [illnesses] had to do with radiation poisoning … which affects the respiratory system in a way identical to what we have been told the coronavirus does. (timestamp 3.00)
However, Reuters explained in March 2020 that there was no link between the COVID-19 outbreak and the possible health effects of 5G (here).
Next, Marshall questions the existence of COVID-19 variants. He tells the camera that “India” was selected as the variant “by pure chance” (timestamp 5.20) and says that authorities will “pick” the next variant to “scare you and submit you to take the next vaccine or device. medical”. (timestamp 8.10)
The variants of the coronavirus are real and result from genetic mutations – they are not created at random by governments. Reuters addressed this false claim in detail earlier this week here.
Finally, the speaker says vaccines leave people vulnerable to “wild coronavirus”. This claim concerns old misinformation that COVID-19 injections cause cytokine storms, debunked by Reuters here.
False. The speaker says the COVID-19 vaccines are “an act of terrorism”, but his supporting arguments are inaccurate and contradict reliable evidence.
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