Filipino social media users share false vaccination video
A video circulating online shows a Filpino church leader making claims about Covid-19 vaccines, including that they can only be injected into a person's right arm in order to stabilise harmful "nanotechnology". The clip -- viewed hundreds of thousands of times in multiple Facebook and TikTok posts -- promotes false claims, according to experts. Covid-19 vaccines do not contain harmful nanotechnology and can be administered in either arm.
The video was shared in this Facebook post on June 29, 2021. It has been viewed more than 600,000 times.
It shows Filipino pastor Rod Cubos from the Christ the Healer International Missions Movement in Davao City.
In the seven-minute 44-second clip, he says: "[Covid-19 vaccines are] injected in the right arm so [nanotechnology] reaches the target easily.
"It has to find a place where it's stable, and the only place that it's stable is the right hand".
He continues: "It's proven that vaccines contain metals -- nanotechnology 80 times smaller than biochips. Proven. It was Pfizer's CEO who testified people only live for two years after vaccination."
Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine is among the coronavirus jabs administered in the Philippines.
Comments on the post indicate some social media users were misled by Cubos' comments.
"I already cancelled my vaccine appointment next week. It's so scary," one wrote.
This claim is false.
'You choose which arm'
Covid-19 vaccines can be administered on either arm, a spokesperson for the Philippine Department of Health said.
"It's your choice which arm the vaccine is administered on," the spokesperson told AFP on July 21.
"Typically vaccines are administered on the non-dominant hand. If you are right-handed, it is better to be administered on the left arm and vice versa.
Catherine Klapperich, professor of biomedical engineering at Boston University, told AFP on July 12: "The word "nanotechnology" has been misinterpreted over time to suggest "there's some sort of active, living component that's going to go into your body and be like a little robot, march around and do stuff, and that that must be nefarious.
"But in actuality, the word "nanotechnology" just simply means that these are technologies or materials that are the scale of a nanometer, and that's it. This is actually a very passive material."
Contrary to the claim in the misleading posts, Pfizer's current CEO Albert Bourla said he was vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and encouraged others to do the same.
Tweeting a photo of himself receiving his second jab on March 11, he wrote: "Excited to receive my 2nd dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech #COVID19 vaccine. There's nothing I want more than for my loved ones and people around the world to have the same opportunity. Although the journey is far from over, we are working tirelessly to beat the virus".
Excited to receive my 2nd dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech #Covid19 vaccine. There's nothing I want more than for my loved ones and people around the world to have the same opportunity. Although the journey is far from over, we are working tirelessly to beat the virus. pic.twitter.com/ES05WPBLJA— AlbertBourla (@AlbertBourla) March 10, 2021