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5 Scary Lies About the COVID Vaccine, Debunked by a Doctor

Dr. Onyema Ogbuagu of Yale sets the record straight about the new vaccine.
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Despite the fact that the majority of vaccines are safe, effective, and can prevent a variety of health issues—and over the years have saved countless lives—the anti-vaxx movement is still going strong. Because of this, paired with the fact that the COVID-19 vaccine was created, tested, and now, almost ready for use in less than a year, there are many people who are skeptical of it.

However, according to the FDA, CDC, WHO, and a number of international health experts, the vaccine is going to be one of our most important weapons against the highly infectious virus responsible for the deaths of over 1.4 million people worldwide. In a new viral Twitter feed, Dr. Onyema Ogbuagu, a Yale Medicine infectious disease specialist and associate professor at the school of medicine, explains why it is absolutely crucial that we have faith in it, and busts the biggest rumors surrounding the top contender from Pfizer. 

"Let's dispel some rumors especially because misinformation about COVID-19 may and can cost lives. Enough already!" he tweeted. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


Rumor: Efficacy Results Were Faked

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Due to the craziness of the 2020 Presidential Election, some people are concerned that President Donald Trump faked vaccine trial results. However, this is not the case. "Vaccine efficacy results are real," Dr. Ogbuagu wrote. "They were not delayed to hurt or help any politician."


Rumor: The Vaccine Is Made with the Virus

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When you get a COVID-19 vaccine, you don't need to worry that the virus is being injected into your blood. "The Pfizer vaccine doesn't contain the SARS CoV-2 virus or parts of it!" Ogbuagu clarified.

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Rumor: The Vaccine Will Alter Your DNA

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According to Dr. Ogbuagu, there is "No nefarious or sinister plan to inject people with a labeling code." He continued: "The mRNA vaccine is not integrated into recipients genome."


Rumor: The Vaccine Is Made with Fetal Tissue

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"No fetal tissue is used for the mRNA vaccine," confirms Ogbuagu. 


Rumor: The Medical World Is In on the Conspiracy

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There have been rumors swirling that everyone from Dr. Anthony Fauci to the CDC are part of a big conspiracy surrounding the vaccine. "No!…researchers such as myself are not part of any conspiracies," he confirms. 

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Truth: The Vaccine Will Save Lives

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"We just want to apply science to improve patient outcomes and even better, to prevent disease," Ogbuagu continued. "We can only work our way out of this pandemic through effective vaccines especially because it is difficult to achieve optimal mask wearing and physical distancing to end the pandemic."


Truth: Vaccines Are Effective

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Ogbuagu points out that previous vaccines have been a game changer for world health. "Think of how vaccines have made deadly diseases either go away (smallpox) or become relatively rare (such as measles)," he wrote. "When the 'COVID' vaccine becomes available, let's roll up our sleeves and let's end this thing!" Until then, "if you have a really good attention to the public health measures, I believe we can prevent the acceleration of that surge that we're seeing," says infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci. So do things "like wearing masks, uniformly; keeping distance; avoiding crowds in congregate settings, particularly indoor; washing hands frequently" and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.