WhatsApp users are trading posts claiming that Pfizer, the head of research at Pfizer, said that the Covid-19 vaccine causes female infertility, so what is the truth? Will pregnant women receive the emerging coronavirus vaccine?
We start with the same claim, as according to a report on the fact-finding site Snopes, this rumor was circulated in early December 2020 among social media users.
The story was obtained from a blog on the Internet and referred to statements made by someone named Michael Yeadon.
The problem is that Yeadon is not the head of Pfizer research, but worked for the company and left in 2011, not even the head of research.
You and the German doctor Wolfgang Woudarge sent a letter to the European Medicines Agency, calling for a halt to clinical trials of the Covid-19 vaccine from the European Union Pfizer. He claimed that the Pfizer vaccine prevented a protein essential to the formation of the placenta in mammals and that women who receive the vaccine could become infertile. However, they did not mention that the vaccine causes infertility.
Snopes confirmed that both Aid and Oudarij have spread misleading information about Covid-19 in the past. The first claimed in a blog post in October 2020 that “the epidemic is virtually over.” The second claimed in a YouTube video in March that the virus was no more harmful than seasonal flu. We know that the two allegations are false. Covid-19 is more deadly than influenza, and the epidemic is not over yet, and to date, it has killed more than 1.5 million people worldwide.
The story is false
Pfizer announced on December 2, 2020, that it had obtained permission from UK public health officials to begin administering the vaccine. The Associated Press reported, “The UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency recommended the vaccine after clinical trials involving tens of thousands of volunteers showed that it is 95% effective and did not show any serious side effects. The vaccine is still considered experimental until the final test is done.
The risk of infertility is not mentioned in the Pfizer study – which it developed with its German partner, BioNTech – that is publicly available. On November 20, 2020, Pfizer said in a press release that no safety concerns were noticed during the vaccine studies.