VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Claim on COVID-19 vaccines hiding graphene

A former Pfizer employee’s declare that there’s “irrefutable” proof of the “poisonous” substance graphene oxide in coronavirus illness 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines is fake. This declare had been refuted repeatedly by specialists, official data and varied fact-checking organizations.

Karen Kingston was interviewed in a 25-minute episode of the Stew Peters Present in america that was uploaded on July 28, 2021. She stated that graphene oxide – an oxidized model of a single layer of carbon atoms – is just not listed within the patent of COVID-19 vaccines as a result of it’s a “commerce secret.”

This declare has no foundation.

The ingredient is just not discovered within the truth sheet of Pfizer that exhibits the contents of the vaccine, as launched by america’ Meals and Drug Administration.

VERA Information Reality Verify has seemed into the identical declare from one other supply and located it needing correct context (See VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Filipina vlogger shares report that NEEDS CONTEXT). The declare has additionally been debunked by a number of worldwide fact-checking organizations.

A Pfizer consultant additionally instructed truth checking web site Lead Tales that Kingston “was not concerned within the analysis, growth or manufacturing of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.”

Whereas Kingston did say that the ingredient was purposely not included, she misleadingly added it was as a result of billionaire and philanthropist Invoice Gates needed to maintain the vaccine formulation a secret.

Disinformation being peddled has blamed Gates for allegedly eager to implant microchips with the COVID-19 vaccine to trace these inoculated (See VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Microchips, quantum dots and different coronavirus conspiracy theories).

In an April 25 interview with British media Sky Information, Gates was requested if “permitting the recipe of those vaccines to be shared can be useful.” He stated no and this was misinterpreted as hiding substances within the vaccines’ patents.

Gates is towards the general public disclosure of the recipe of the vaccines as it could jeopardize the security of producing the vaccines. “You’ve obtained to do the trials on this stuff, and each manufacturing course of needs to be checked out in a really cautious approach,” he stated.

Kingston additionally claimed that graphene oxide is within the polyethylene glycol (PEG) -lipid nanoparticles to maintain the particles secure. However there is no such thing as a proof of the substance within the stated nanoparticles, in accordance with an Aug. 5 e mail from international tech and well being non-profit Meedan, which additionally uploaded the reply on its web site.

“Whereas sure quantities of graphene oxide may very well be poisonous to people, present analysis on the usage of this compound in different vaccines point out that the quantity that will be in potential vaccines can be so small that it could not be poisonous to human cells,” in accordance with Meedan.

The video carrying Kingston’s declare began to flow into on Philippine social media a day after three million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine donation from america arrived within the nation.

It may have been seen by over 1.25 million Fb customers largely from the US, in accordance with social media monitoring device CrowdTangle.

The video has 1,640,939 views on the positioning. The Stew Peters Present has 155,000 subscribers on video platform Rumble.

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