This is a new fake news that appeared a few days ago on social networks. According to Internet users opposed to the vaccination against Covid-19, who claim to be based on a scientific “study”, the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine would contain graphene oxide, up to 99% according to some followers of this idea . This is obviously wrong.
At the origin of this theory in France, a Twitter user who declared on July 6 that Spanish researchers had identified an “unknown” product in a vial of Pfizer vaccine.
In the United States, the fake news was also broadcast, in particular because of a certain Jane Ruby. The latter defines herself as a medical expert but does not actually have a doctorate in psychology and not in medicine, as explained. Forbes. In a video widely relayed on social networks, she assures that Pfizer’s vaccine is 99% graphene and that its goal is to “kill people”.
A simple report not validated by the scientific community
The followers of this theory are based on a report put online at the end of June written by a single researcher, Pablo Campra, professor at the University of Almería, in Spain. This is a simple PDF file that has not been published in a scientific journal or peer reviewed by the researcher. In other words, it has absolutely not been validated by the scientific community.
In that report, Pablo Campra says he analyzed a sample of what could be Pfizer vaccine and then compared the resulting images to that of reduced graphene oxide. According to him, the microscopic images look similar and attest to the presence of this substance in the two products studied.
Yes, but here it is: nothing proves that the first substance analyzed is indeed the Pfizer vaccine. As LCI explains, the author of the report himself says he received this sample from Ricardo Delgado Martin, a well-known anti-vaccine in Spain. Finally, the professor at the origin of the observation confirms that there is “no proof” of the presence of graphene in vaccines, since nothing says that the product analyzed was indeed derived from a Pfizer vial.
“A sample of unknown origin with a total lack of traceability”
Faced with the extent of this fake news, the University of Almeria where Pablo Campra teaches was even forced to produce a press release on this subject.
She explains that she has never carried out a study on the composition of the Pfizer vaccine and recalls that the fake news disseminated has its origin in an unofficial experience of a professor at the establishment. The university also denounces the “false information” about a report which is based on “a sample of unknown origin with a total lack of traceability”.
The press release specifies that no scientific study has yet been conducted on the subject and that the university reserves the right to file a complaint “against anyone who continues to disclose false information that this press release denies”.
What does the Pfizer / BioNTech laboratory vaccine contain?
To avoid any misinformation on the composition of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine and any mistrust of the product, the American and European health authorities made public at the start of the vaccination campaign the list of ingredients that go into its composition. The latter can be consulted in this document (in French, page 2), posted online by the Food and Drug administration, the American regulatory agency. So this is what is found in Pfizer’s vaccine:
Messenger RNA, namely the active ingredient of the vaccine, thanks to which the body will learn to defend itself against Covid-19.
Several types of lipids, which will form an envelope around the RNA to allow it to survive in the body and to better penetrate into the cells.
- ALC-0315 = bis (2-hexyldécanoate) de ((4-hydroxybutyl) azanediyl) bis (hexane-6,1-diyle)
ALC-0159 = 2-[(polyéthylèneglycol)-2000]-N,Nditétradécylacétamide
A saline solution made up of several salts, which balances the pH of the vaccine and ensures that it is neither too acidic nor too basic.
- Phosphate dibasique de sodium dihydraté
Phosphate monobasique de potassium
Sugar, which serves as a preservative.
Some water, to allow injection of the vaccine.