Source : seetmit
The physician who served as Bill Gates’ private doctor in Seattle in the 1990s says the Microsoft founder and vaccine proponent “refused to vaccinate his own children” when they were young.
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A propos de Pfizer USATODAY
Fact check: Pfizer CEO fully vaccinated, canceled Israel trip in March
Ella Lee USA TODAY
The claim: The CEO of Pfizer canceled a trip to Israel because he « hasn’t been fully vaccinated »
As politicians and public health officials encourage Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, some claim the people behind the vaccines aren’t taking them.
“CEO of Pfizer had to cancel a planned trip to Israel because he wasn’t fully vaccinated,” reads text in an Aug. 8 Facebook post, which accumulated nearly 2,000 interactions within a day.
The post was published by Freedom Fights, an account run by the conservative advocacy group Turning Point USA. The post’s caption makes it seem like Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla hasn’t yet received a shot.
“Um what?! The Pfizer CEO hasn’t been fully vaccinated? » the caption reads. « How does that help boost confidence in the vaccine if he hasn’t taken it?!”
An array of similar posts on Facebook and Instagram make the largely identical claim that Bourla canceled a recent trip because he wasn’t fully vaccinated. Other posts went a step farther to wrongly claim Bourla had been banned from entering Israel.
Fact check:6 of the most persistent misconceptions about COVID-19 vaccines
But Bourla has been vaccinated for months, as several independent fact-checking organizations have pointed out. And the trip referenced in this post was canceled months ago.
USA TODAY reached out to Turning Point USA for comment.
Source : polifact
Pfizer CEO canceled Israel trip in March, prior to being fully vaccinated
It’s true that Bourla canceled a trip to Israel due to his vaccination status. But that isn’t a recent happening – it took place in March when the vaccines were not as widely available.
At the time, he had only received one of two Pfizer shots, according to a March 7 article by The Jerusalem Post. COVID-19 vaccines were still being rolled out in March.
Fact check:Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla received COVID-19 vaccine
Bourla told CNBC on Dec. 14 that he and other Pfizer executives would not « cut the line » to receive the company’s COVID-19 vaccine. Amy Rose, a Pfizer spokeswoman, told USA TODAY in December that Bourla was “looking forward to being vaccinated” at the “earliest possible time.”
Bourla was fully inoculated in late March. On March 10, Bourla tweeted a picture of himself receiving his second shot.
Source : polifact
Old story about Pfizer CEO’s Israel trip spreads out of context — and he’s now fully vaccinated
If Your Time is short
- In March, Pfizer’s CEO postponed a trip to Israel because he had only received the first of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. He received his second dose a few days after a news report concerning his canceled visit.
- Social media users are sharing this old news story as if it’s current news. It’s not.
See the sources for this fact-check
Some social media users have recently been posting that the CEO of Pfizer couldn’t make a planned trip to Israel because he wasn’t fully vaccinated. The unspoken allegation: That the man in charge of a company that created one of the COVID-19 vaccines wants you to inoculate yourself against the disease but he won’t inject himself.
« The CEO of Pfizer had to cancel a planned trip to Israel because he was not fully vaccinated, » Newsmax writer Emerald Robinson tweeted on Aug. 5. « Let me repeat: BECAUSE HE WAS NOT VACCINATED. »
Robinson tweeted a link to a Jerusalem Post article with a similar headline: « Pfizer CEO’s Israel visit canceled because he is not fully vaccinated »
A screenshot of that headline is also now spreading online.
« Wait… what, » one Aug. 6 Instagram post said. « So he don’t even believe in his own product. »
The headline is authentic. It’s also from March.
Did the CEO of Pfizer cancel a trip to Israel ‘because he was not vaccinated’?
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla called off a scheduled trip because, while he had received his first shot, he was still waiting for the second shot of the two-step Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.
A misleading claim on social media was made in August 2021 — almost five months after Bourla canceled the trip and then received his second shot. The claim raised implications by declaring that Bourla « had to cancel » the trip, and emphasized in all-capital letters « BECAUSE HE WAS NOT VACCINATED. »
The Jerusalem Post accurately reported on March 7, 2021, that Bourla called off a visit to Israel because he had received only the first of two vaccination shots. The article cited Bourla as having said that he did not want to « cut in line » for the vaccine earlier.
According to Bourla, he got the second shot as scheduled in March
Pfizer CEO’s Israel visit canceled because he is not fully vaccinated
Bourla said in December that he has not yet received the vaccine yet because he does not want to « cut in line. »
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF Published: MARCH 7, 2021 00:39
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla introduces US President Joe Biden as the president toured a Pfizer manufacturing plant producing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Kalamazoo
Source : Kalamazoo, Michigan, US, February 19, 2021.
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has canceled his expected visit to Israel after it turned out he has not been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, N12 reported Friday.According to the channel, Bourla, as well as members of the delegation that was meant to accompany him during his visit, have not received the second dose of the vaccine.As a result, it was decided to delay the visit by several days, which also posed a logistic challenge because of the upcoming Israeli elections.
Bourla said in December that he has not yet received the vaccine yet because he does not want to « cut in line, » and would wait until his age group is next in line for getting vaccinated. As such, he has received the first dose, but not the second one yet. Pfizer did not respond to The Jerusalem Post‘s request for comment. »We continue to be interested in visiting Israel and meeting with decision-makers, » a Pfizer spokesperson told N12. « The visit to Israel will probably be scheduled toward the end of spring. »
The Achrayut Leumit (national responsibility) movement on Wednesday sent a letter to Bourla, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and State Comptroller and Ombudsman Matanyahu Englman, urging the Pfizer CEO to postpone the visit until after the election.
In the letter, Achrayut Leumit CEO Oshi Elmaliach, who is considered close to former prime minister Ehud Barak, wrote that « Mr. Bourla’s participation in photo-op events with the prime minister may constitute aiding and abetting a prohibited election campaign and is a criminal offense. »
Elmaliach added that any propaganda of this sort will be met with an appeal to Englman, to the Central Elections Committee and if necessary, to the Israel Police for violation of election propaganda laws.
Netanyahu said last week that the purpose of Bourla’s visit was to hold discussions about establishing a Pfizer vaccine manufacturing site in Israel.
CLAIM: The CEO of Pfizer had to cancel a planned trip to Israel because he was not fully vaccinated
Source : AFP
AP’S ASSESSMENT: Missing context. The Aug. 5 post making this claim lacks the critical context that the trip was canceled in early March, before many people had been vaccinated. Albert Bourla, the chairman and CEO of Pfizer, announced on Twitter that he received his second dose of the vaccine on March 10.
THE FACTS: A screenshot of a tweet shared widely on Instagram on Thursday implies the CEO of the pharmaceutical company Pfizer has neglected for months to take his own company’s COVID-19 vaccine.
“The CEO of Pfizer had to cancel a planned trip to Israel because he was not fully vaccinated,” read the Aug. 5 tweet from Newsmax White House Correspondent Emerald Robinson. “Let me repeat: BECAUSE HE WAS NOT VACCINATED.”
However, the trip to Israel that Bourla had to cancel was in early March, according to news reports at the time.
Bourla announced in December that, at 59 years old, he would wait his turn to receive the vaccine after frontline workers and seniors had a chance. He received the second shot of his two-dose vaccine on March 10, according to his Twitter account.
Robinson acknowledged this in a later tweet, saying, “Update: The CEO of Pfizer announced on social media that he got his second vaccination shot on March 10.”
Pfizer didn’t immediately respond to an inquiry about why Bourla canceled his March trip. Bourla’s visit was set to begin 15 days before Israel’s March 23 national election and had been criticized as potentially influencing the results in favor of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
NB : Il ne s’agit donc pas d’une fake news puisque la vérification par les seuls témoignages confirment à la fois la vaccination au moment du 1er voyage planifié et la déclaration de vaccination effectuée le 10 mars. Quant aux élections, on se demande bien pourquoi ses assistants n’ont pas vérifier avant d’acheter les billets et planifié les RDV avec les futurs rendez-vous avec les ministres. Curieux