Is Albert Bourla vaxxed? Conspiracy theorists doubt Pfizer vaccine, claim CEO didn't take it

Emerald Robinson of Newsmax in a misinformed tweet said: 'The CEO of Pfizer had to cancel a planned trip to Israel because he was not fully vaccinated'


                            Is Albert Bourla vaxxed? Conspiracy theorists doubt Pfizer vaccine, claim CEO didn't take it
Albert Bourla is the chief executive officer of Pfizer pharmaceutical company (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Conspiracy theorists recently tried to cast doubts about the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine against coronavirus as they claimed that the CEO of the pharmaceutical giant has not taken it. Emerald Robinson of Newsmax first started to spread the misinformation by sharing an article from the Jerusalem Post.

Her first tweet read, “Pfizer CEO's Israel visit canceled because he is not fully vaccinated.” She also tweeted, “The CEO of Pfizer had to cancel a planned trip to Israel because he was not fully vaccinated. Let me repeat: BECAUSE HE WAS NOT VACCINATED.” Within no time, her tweet went viral as it was retweeted more than 10k times and received over 18k likes.

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There were many people who agreed with her and shared their views too as a user said, “because he knows it’s not a vaccine and there are deadly risks from taking the gab [jab].” The second user noted, “I guess we are the lab rats….. CEO knows its own vaccine the best, if hes not vaccinated then you. Know what that means….. we are screwed….” “I don’t know why anyone would be surprised by that? I think there are a lot of these so called elites and politicians that have no intention of getting it! That’s just for the rabble!” the third one added.

Albert Bourla, chief executive officer of Pfizer pharmaceutical company, arrives to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Thursday afternoon, January 17, 2019 in New York City. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up over 150 points at the close on Thursday, after news reports that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is floating a proposal to lift some U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods in an effort to push trade talks forward between the U.S. and China. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 

Not just that, the theory was also widely shared on the messaging app Telegram, where many people agreed with the information. However, soon it was revealed that the allegations and doubts against Pfizer and its CEO were completely wrong as the Jerusalem Post’s article was from March. Soon people started thrashing Robinson and her cohorts for spreading misinformation. A person tweeted, “This is from March 7. And he had already received the first dose. He got the second dose three days later.” Another one stated, “More vaccine misinformation. Using a long outdated news article and not following up with newer up to date information. Easily debunked with a quick internet search. Emerald? Is that your name or your Q level?”

Is Albert Bourla vaccinated?

Bourla is fully vaccinated as he shared a photo of him getting the jab in March and tweeted, “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.” Not just that, in December 2020, he also explained why he did not get the doses first because his age group was not getting priority at the time. He added that he did not want to “cut in line” and take someone else’s opportunity, who is older than him.

Albert Bourla,Group President of Vaccines, Oncology and Consumer Healthcare at Pfizer attends the Breast Cancer: A Story Half Told Shining A Light On The Other Side panel at Milk Studios on September 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

 



 

 

Meanwhile, after facing backlash Robinson tried to amend his mistake as she tweeted, “Update: The CEO of Pfizer announced on social media that he got his second vaccination shot on March 10.” But people still criticized her. A user wrote, “Really feels like you should retweet the original misinformed tweet and say it was dated back in March and that you were wrong. If you’re gonna go as far as to update/correct yourself go further and stop the spread of your own misinformation. Geez…” “It's very troubling that this post hasn't been deleted - 6,644 RT's, 1,151 QT's and 11.7K likes (and growing) are spreading patently false information, and this is why R's have a trust problem in 2021,” the second one added.



 

 



 

 



 

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