Healthcare/Biosafety

Video collage depicting the process of vaccination is manipulatively disseminated

3 February, 2021

On February 1, Facebook profile Elen Elen shared Giorgi Mtchedlishvili’s video uploaded on December 24, 2020, in the group კორონა მაფია (Corona Mafia). The video depicts the footages of different individuals receiving a vaccine. One of the fragments shows that after the injection, the nurse is only holding a syringe, and the needle is nowhere to be seen. Moreover, one segment of the video depicts a man showing a retractable syringe with a tube inside.  One of the video footages is a photo depicting mannequins lying in bed. What's more, the video uses two footages that show nurses holding syringes with safety caps on during the vaccination and one footage where a nurse is holding a syringe without the needle. The Author of the post writes in the caption:  "From the series, They are deceiving us, those mthfk.!! #coronahoaxes”.

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As of February 3, the video uploaded by Giorgi Mtchedlishvili has 2500 views and 90 shares.

Portuguese source disseminates another video depicting the process of vaccination. Video shows as if the syringe is empty and the nurse doesn’t fully inject it. As of February 3, Daniel MP Mota’s post has over 226 000 shares.

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Video collage is manipulation because putting different footages together without the real context gives off the wrong impression alleging that people don't actually receive vaccines and that it's mannequins lying in hospital beds instead of patients.

1. “Fake syringes” aren’t used in the vaccination. Footages, where after the vaccination only a syringe can be seen and not the needle, depicts the usage of so-called safety syringe. As for the retractable syringe, it is used as a movie prop and the fragment from the video clip explaining movie props is manipulatively added to the video collage.

The first video clip is an extract from British BBC TV. Video shows that, following the vaccination, the nurse is only holding the syringe and the needle is nowhere to be seen. Anti-vaxxer groups manipulatively disseminated the aforesaid video clip in the U.K as well, claiming that the COVID-19 vaccine doesn't exist and fake syringes are used to deceive the population.

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BBC writes that the aforesaid video clip shows healthcare professionals using a safety syringe, in which the needle retracts into the body of the device after use. Such syringes have been in use for over a decade and they protect medical staff and patients from injuries and infection.

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The video collage manipulatively features a video clip of a man speaking about the retractable syringe. Safety syringes and retractable syringes from the second video clip actually have different uses. A man who shows retractable syringes in the video is Scott Reeder, he works on movie props. In the full video, Reeder discusses three props: knife, ice pick, and syringe. All three of them are retractable and are safe to use in movies.

It’s worth mentioning that Reeder published the video back in September 2020 and there was no mention of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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It’s worth mentioning that Reeder published the video back in September 2020 and there was no mention of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Reeder told the Frech media outlet 20 Minutes that video was used without his permission and he doesn’t support theories that are based on this video.

2. Photo featuring mannequins was taken in the university training room and not the hospital and those mannequins were used for simulation studies.

The photo depicting mannequins lying in bed can be seen in the video.

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The aforesaid photo was fact-checked by The Associated Press. The media outlet writes that initially Swiss media outlet published the aforesaid photo with miscaption and wrote that Swiss health minister Alain Berset visited mannequins in the hospital, then social network users disseminated the photo as evidence of coronavirus-related conspiracies claiming that pandemic is a hoax, and that hospitals aren’t full of COVID-19 patients.

In reality, the photo depicts Swiss health minister Alain Berset’s visit to the university on December 16, 2020, who was photographed not in a hospital, but in the training room for students, where medical mannequins are used to simulate patients.

3. The video features footages filmed before or after the vaccination, individuals seen in the footages confirmed that they indeed received the vaccine, however, 2 out of 3 cases are not related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

In the video collage, some footages were filmed before or after the vaccination and that’s why it creates a manipulative context.

The video features the photo of the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan during the vaccination, however, the syringe that the nurse is holding has a safety cap on. The photo was disseminated on the social network with the message alleging that Sadiq Khan didn't' receive the vaccine and the photo was taken to deceive people.

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In reality, Sadiq Khan himself published the aforesaid photo on Twitter, however, it was taken on September 28, back when the COVID-19 vaccination was yet to be launched. Sadiq Khan notes in his tweet that flu season is near and calls for the population to receive a flu vaccine.

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French newspaper Le Monde contacted the office of Sadiq Khan. They confirmed that the Mayor of London indeed received the flu vaccine, and the photo was taken before the vaccination.        

The second footage in the video, similar to the one mentioned above, shows Queensland (Australia) Prime Minister Anastasia Palashchuk getting the vaccine, however, the syringe has a safety cap on in this case as well.

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Similar to the footage of the Mayor of London, this one also doesn’t depict the process of COVID-19 vaccination. Queensland Prime Minister received the flu vaccine on April 29, 2020. The footage of Australian TV channel 7NEWS shows that Palashchuk received the flu vaccine, then photographers noted that they didn’t manage to take photos, that’s why the nurse put the syringe's safety cap back on, which can also be seen on the disseminated photo. The video depicting the vaccination was published by Palashchuk as well.

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Moreover, the video uses the video clip of Israeli politician Beni Ben Muvchar filmed after the vaccination. The video shows the nurse holding the syringe up to Muvchar’s shoulder, however, the needle is nowhere to be seen. Video disseminated on the social network with the message identical to the previous ones alleging that politician didn’t actually receive a vaccine.

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The France 24 Observers fact-checked the video. The article notes that the hospital asked Muvchar to make a short video of him for the hospital, where he could thank healthcare workers and encourage others to get vaccinated. However, Muvchar had already gotten his Covid-19 vaccine before this video was filmed and that’s why the nurse held the syringe up to his shoulder. Politician published a real video on his Facebook page depicting the vaccination.

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4. The full video depicting the process of vaccination in Brazil shows how they prepare vaccine dosage for vaccination and syringe isn’t empty

Local fact-checkers verified the video depicting the process of vaccination disseminated by the Portuguese sources. A woman seen in the video is Benedita Oliveira, healthcare advisor in Quixadá. Municipal administration responded to the disseminated video and noted that the liquid might be almost undetectable due to the vaccine dosage being 0,5 mg. Moreover, Brazilian media outlet OPOVO published the video depicting the process of vaccination, where medical personnel preparing vaccine dosage for Benedita Oliviera can be seen 3 minutes into the video.

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Prepared by Mariam Talakhadze


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