The claim: The Food and Drug Administration hasn’t fully approved Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine
The Food and Drug Administration has given its official stamp of approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine. But online, a conspiracy theory doubting that fact has blossomed.
“DECEPTIVE MEDIA: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine NOT FULLY AUTHORIZED,” reads text in an Aug. 24 Instagram post from a fan page for Candace Owens, a conservative commentator.
Similar posts parroting the claim have accumulated thousands of interactions on Facebook and Instagram, according to CrowdTangle, a social media insights tool. The headline comes from a Substack newsletter published Aug. 24 by Mackenzie Alan Bettle and Hannah Griff.
“To the contrary of what was promulgated by all major media outlets yesterday, the Food & Drug Administration did not grant full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine,” the conservative writers wrote. “We repeat, the FDA did not grant full approval to any vaccine.”
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