The announcement on Monday that Pfizer had developed a 90% effective COVID-19 vaccine re-energized anti-vaxxers and conspiracy theorists who claim, among other things, that Bill Gates is trying to implant everyone in the world with microchips.
Pfizer announced that the vaccine it was funding was 90% effective in immunizing 94 people in one study.
The company will submit an emergency clearance request to the FDA once it performs further testing to determine the safety of the vaccine and whether or not it can be safely produced on a large scale.
Anti-vaxxers have for months despised the many vaccines we are working on around the world.
Pfizer’s vaccine announcement has sparked a new wave of anti-vaxxers who say they won’t take it for various reasons
Among the most serious concerns about Pfizer’s vaccine is the use of mRNA which trains the immune system to target spike proteins rather than injecting the virus itself.
The technology has never been used in a human vaccine before.
Some say vaccine is Bill Gates’ effort to implant the world with microchips
Although Pfizer claims that it always performs safety tests, it has been widely proven to be safe and effective.
Some are still nervous about it and will only get it after the politicians and big bosses in the pharmaceutical industry do.
Along with traditional fears that it may not be safe and is unnatural, others argue that it should be avoided for unscientific reasons.
They alleged that Pfizer, because it had received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the past, was working on behalf of the founder of Microsoft.
One of the more extreme claims of this school of thought is that Gates created the pandemic and then created a vaccine and wants to implant microchips into the world’s population to keep track of it.
Some said the vaccine was a tool of the big pharmaceutical companies to take political hits and make money
He previously rejected the conspiracy theory and said he hoped it died out, but Pfizer’s announcement – the most promising to come from one of the companies working on a vaccine – has revitalized it.
Others say it’s just an effort on the part of the big drug companies to make money and they want to wait several years to see the side effects.
Some – including some politicians – say the timing of the announcement is highly suspect just two days after the presidential election was called for Joe Biden.
They don’t necessarily compromise the safety or effectiveness of the vaccine, but say it has been deliberately delayed so President Trump cannot claim it as a victory for his presidency.
Among those critics were Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. and Republican Senator Ted Cruz.
The majority of Americans say they would receive the vaccine.
Others said the vaccine was risky because it used mRNA that had never been used before in humans. It tested well in trial participants who had no major side effects
A survey by STAT News and The Harris Poll, six in ten people said they were “somewhat or very likely” to receive the vaccine if they reduced their risk of infection by 90%.
In addition, 70% of COVID-19 survivors and people who have had a family or friend with the disease would receive the highly protective vaccine.
The findings follow news that an experimental vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc was very effective in preventing infection.
Initial results showed that a group of participants who received two injections three weeks apart had 90% fewer cases of symptomatic COVID-19 than the group given a placebo.
Study participants compared the side effects of taking the vaccine to a “severe hangover” at worst. Some said they had no side effects.