NO. The good news is the vaccine won’t change your DNA structure. The bad news is this misinformation and it’s leading people to believe in fake science and dangerous information. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time we’ve looked into claims that a coronavirus vaccine can alter DNA.
As rumors go, this one started in March 2020 when Mr Gates in an interview said that eventually “we will have some digital certificates”, which would be used to show who’d recovered, been tested and ultimately who received a vaccine i.e. Vaccine Passport (not your DNA).
Researchers from the Center for Countering Digital Hate have found just 12 people are responsible for the bulk of the misleading claims and outright lies about COVID-19 vaccines that proliferate on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The ‘Disinformation Dozen’ produces 65% of the shares of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms.
These figures are well-known to both researchers and social networks. They include anti-vaccine activists, alternative health entrepreneurs and physicians. Some of them run multiple accounts across different platforms. They often promote “natural health products.”
Unfortunately, there has been a lot of misinformation surrounding the vaccines, particularly on how the COVID-19 vaccines were developed so quickly without cutting corners. This has caused people to hesitate and/or develop misleading narratives on vaccine safety.
The global Covid-19 pandemic demanded a new approach to vaccine development. In an unprecedented situation, international collaboration and governments’ focus led to developing safe Covid-19 vaccines in less than a year, which created a blueprint for future vaccine development. Here’s how.
Most of us were blindsided by the novel virus SarsCov2, but infectious disease experts had been warning about the possibility of a global pandemic for some years. For them, it was never a matter of if, but when. What did come as a surprise was the speed of scientific progress to fight Covid 19. The first effective vaccine, from Pfizer/BioNTech, was developed in under 300 days, followed in successive weeks by Moderna and Oxford/AstraZeneca.
The results of the UK’s RECOVERY trial, which was organised in a matter of weeks, has saved an estimated million lives worldwide by identifying which treatments are effective in treating Covid 19. And regulators around the globe are using innovative programmes to get medical products to people faster. During the pandemic, the world witnessed how fast medicine can advance with an abundance of cash and collaboration. Question: is progress at this speed and cost sustainable?
Andy talks with Nick Clegg, Facebook’s Vice President of Global Affairs, about one of the most important issues out there: Facebook, social media, COVID-19 and misinformation. After President Biden said Facebook is “killing people” with COVID misinformation, Andy and Nick discuss what Facebook says its obligation is with regard to misinformation, what they’re doing to combat it, and whether it’s enough.
*BONUS EXTENDED CUT: Is COVID Misinformation Killing People? (with Facebook’s Nick Clegg) Andy/Nick continued