On May 9, Facebook user Ketevan Gejadze published an appeal by Georgian Medical Union, which says that experimental vaccines are dangerous, they can cause millions of deaths, while vaccinated people pose a threat to their own as well as unvaccinated people’s health, because their immune system becomes unprotected. To back up her words, the author of the post cites the research by Dr. Vernon Coleman.
On May 7, Facebook user “სამყარო სამყარო” spread Vernon Coleman’s video, where he suggests that vaccines may kill more people than COVID-19. Coleman notes in the video that vaccines are part of experimental gene therapy. He links the coronavirus pandemic to “the Agenda 21” and “Great Reset” ruled by “evil elite” that allegedly aims at achieving depopulation globally.
The appeal spread by anti-vaxxers, as well as Vernon Coleman’s video contains conspiracy theories and several pieces of disinformation.
Conspiracy theory No.1: “Great Reset” and “Agenda 21” is a scenario plotted by “evil elite” to achieve depopulation and seize total power.
Coleman claims that the coronavirus pandemic is the goal of globalist elites to gain total control on humankind and achieve depopulation globally. In fact, the Great Reset is not a secret plan, but rather the initiative developed by the World Economic Forum in 2020 to find long-term solutions to the COVID-19 crisis and its consequences.
“Agenda 21” Coleman is talking about was adopted by the United Nations Conference on Environment & Development in Rio de Janerio, Brazil in 1992. The document focuses on global social and economic challenges, as well as sustainable development. It is not secret and does not aim at destruction of humankind.
In the video, Coleman also mentions Bill Gates as a representative of global elite, noting that the Microsoft founder tries to achieve depopulation through compulsory vaccination that is not true. In fact, the purpose of vaccination is to reduce child mortality in developing countries, which, according to Bill Gates, is a precondition for economic growth. Conspiracy theorists frequently spread Bill Gates’ quotes about vaccines out of context.
Disinformation No.1: The coronavirus vaccine, in fact, is a dangerous, experimental gene therapy.
Fact No.1: Working mechanisms for COVID-19 vaccines and gene therapy are different.
Coleman says in the video that the coronavirus vaccines are experimental gene therapy. In fact, mRNA vaccines are not gene therapy because they do not alter recipients’ genes.
Lead Stories fact checkers also verified Coleman’s identical remarks. Dr. Douglas Drevets, chief of infectious diseases at Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center, said in a February 3, 2021, email to Lead Stories that the mRNA vaccination does not alter any genes/DNA. “It simply instructs our immune cells to make an immune response against toxins,” he said.
Disinformation No.2: COVID-19 vaccines have not been created to prevent virus transmission, while vaccinated people pose a threat to unvaccinated people, because vaccines do not reduce virus transmission.
People who already received their doses of COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO) do not transmit the virus to others.
The Centers for Disease Control’s COVID-19 Clinical Team said in an email responding to Reuters questions that there is no way for a COVID-19 vaccinated person to “shed vaccine.” “COVID-19 vaccines give instructions to teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. The immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.”
The information that vaccines do not reduce virus transmission lacks evidence. The UK trial of the vaccine produced by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca swabbed participants every week, and estimated a 49.3% reduction in asymptomatic infections. According to Nature, a British weekly scientific journal, even when the vaccines do not fully rule out asymptomatic infections, the trials carried out in Israel show that vaccinated people (with Pfizer and AstraZeneca) are less transmittable. Another research conducted through cooperation between the Israeli government and Pfizer showed that vaccination reduces both symptomatic (93.7%) and asymptomatic (89.4%) infections.
The U.S. research released in March 2021 found that the risk of asymptomatic COVID infection among vaccinated healthcare workers was reduced fourfold in 12 days after receiving a vaccine. The study conducted by Harvard School of Public Health showed that one dose of vaccine reduces the potential for transmission by at least 61%. According to another U.S. study released on March 29, 2021, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines reduced the risks of infection (both symptomatic and asymptomatic) among healthcare workers, firefighters, law enforcement and teachers by 90%.
Who is Vernon Coleman?
Vernon Coleman is a British doctor and a writer, but he is not on the Medical Register and may not practice as a doctor in the UK. In 2019, Coleman wrote a book, in which he denied the existence of AIDS and expressed mistrust towards vaccines. The honorary doctorate and the professorship awarded to Coleman both derive from the same awarding body, the International Open University, which, according to Independent, was founded in the Soviet Union, moved to the Netherlands and is now based in Sri Lanka. Foreign media outlets (Reuters, Politifact, Guardian, Scientificamerican) wrote about Coleman’s anti-vaccine opinions and conspiracy theories on multiple occasions.
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