False claims about experimental vaccines again, from the guy who did not invent mRNA vaccines
A blog is falsely claiming that COVID-19 vaccines have not been approved by the FDA.
A blog is falsely claiming that COVID-19 vaccines have not been approved by the FDA. This misinformation has been circulating online since the FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine in August 2021.
In an interview in August, Robert Malone -- who falsely claims he "invented" mRNA vaccines, which is like one person claiming to sequence the human genome on their own1 -- said that the fully licensed product is not yet available. This is inaccurate.
Federal officials have stated the licensed vaccine is the same, and interchangeable with, the vaccine authorized for emergency use. Malone provided no evidence for his claims.
He then falsely asserted that the available vaccine carries different liability implications. Malone corrected (sort of) himself in a tweet that has been deleted along with his account for multiple, repeated policy violations.
In fact, protection from liability would be void in the case of willful misconduct.
Vaccine opponents have since suggested that Comirnaty, the brand name of the Pfizer vaccine, is different from the vaccine that is being administered in the U.S. The Pfizer vaccine, like most drugs, was not marketed under a brand name until it received a standard FDA approval.
The Moderna vaccine (Spikevax) was approved for use in the UK in January 2021. A study with 3000 children aged 12-17 years preceded the Aug 2021 approval in the UK. In the US, it is still under emergency use authorization.
This post was created with original material sourced from Public Health Communication Collaborative, FactCheck.org, and writing from Hoaxlines.