Fact checking: Dr. Fauci did not say that vaccines worsen health | #Realize

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The doctor Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and adviser to White House One, is one of the most recognized international faces during this pandemic, for confronting the pseudoscientific positions of former US President Donald Trump and for be one of the main promoters of vaccination against the COVID-19. However, for a few weeks, they have been using his image for a new Fake News.

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This is an extract from a video, where Fauci has a conversation with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. In the clip, of just 27 seconds, the White House adviser is heard saying: “This wouldn’t be the first time, if it happened, that a vaccine that looked good on initial safety actually made people worse. There was a history of respiratory syncytial virus in children that, paradoxically, made children worse. One of the HIV vaccines we tested several years ago made people more likely to get infected “. Is it that now Dr. Fauci is against anti-vaccination COVID-19?

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It is not a current video. Indeed, a conversation did take place between Zuckerberg and Fauci, but on March 19, 2020. That is, almost at the beginning of the pandemic and many months before the approval in the United States of the first vaccine against COVID-19.

Out of context. The shared excerpt was part of a question asked by Zuckerberg about the initial safety study, which is part of vaccine development. The complete answer of Fauci is the next:

“The initial safety study, Mark, is to see if the injection in the arm has some kind of idiosyncratic or bad reaction. There is another element to safety, and that is if you vaccinate someone and they produce an antibody response and then they are exposed and infected, does the response they induce actually increase the infection and make it worse? And the only way to know is if you conduct an extensive study, not in a normal volunteer who is not at risk of infection, but in people who are at risk. This wouldn’t be the first time, if it happened, that a vaccine that looked good on initial safety actually made people worse. There was a history of vaccination against respiratory syncytial virus in children, which paradoxically made children worse. One of the HIV vaccines we tested several years ago made people more likely to get infected. Therefore, You can’t just go out and give it to them unless you feel like, in the field, when someone is infected and exposed, getting vaccinated doesn’t make it worse. That’s why you have to take a test.” Check out the full video of the interview below. Zuckerberg’s question and answer Fauci complete from minute 24:29.

Fact checking Dr Fauci did not say that vaccines worsen

What the doctor Fauci It is the phenomenon of antibody-dependent potentiation (ADE). According to the Spanish Government’s vaccination strategy website, it is an unwanted and quite rare event that occurs with some infectious diseases. It occurs when antibodies to the infectious agent worsen the disease when the person becomes infected, rather than mitigating it.

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The Reuters agency consulted the NIAID in this regard, which responded: “There is always a theoretical risk of unwanted events with any new vaccine. This is the reason why the development of candidate vaccines progresses in a staggered manner, beginning with laboratory studies, then progressing to studies in animal models that mimic the human immune response, and finally to carefully controlled human clinical trials where participants are monitored. closely to detect any adverse events. Once a candidate vaccine is cleared or approved by the FDA, rigorous post-marketing safety surveillance is conducted to identify even very rare safety issues. “

Part of a misinformation from last year. One of the strategies of the anti-vaccines has been to indicate that a large number of vaccinated will die after receiving their doses or that vaccines with mRNA technology will generate the ADE phenomenon. One of the promoters of these misinformation is the American osteopath Sherri Tenpenny, an anti-vaccine activist who has spread different hoaxes related to the COVID-19. For example, and as published by “The Washington Post,” Tenpenny and pointed out that vaccines magnetize people, but rather that those people would be manipulated by 5G technology.

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Fact checking: Dr. Fauci did not say that vaccines worsen health | #Realize