Did Guardian columnist George Monbiot get COVID-19 for the 23rd time, despite being fully-vaccinated, with dozens of booster doses?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Fully-Vaxxed George Monbiot Got COVID For 23rd Time!
Anti-vaccination activists are gleefully sharing a screenshot of an article from The Guardian as evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines are useless.
The screenshot purportedly shows columnist George Monbiot complain about getting infected with COVID-19 for the 23rd time, despite being fully-vaccinated and receiving dozens of booster doses.
George Monbiot : I’ve caught Covid for the 23rd time despite having had dozens of boosters (I’ve lost count). Thank heavens for the vaccine.
Literally billions of kids are dying from long Covid every day, but evil anti-vaxxers – e.g. the hated Bridgen – don’t care.
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Truth : George Monbiot Did Not Get COVID-19 For 23rd Time!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS shared and propagated by anti-vaccination activists on social media, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : The Viral Screenshot Is Fake
First, let me just point out right away that the viral screenshot is fake. There is no such article in The Guardian. Neither did George Monbiot publish any article in The Guardian on 11 May 2023.
This is easily proven by checking George Monbiot’s article listing in The Guardian. He posted on England’s dying rivers on 3 May, and then the draconian new police powers on 12 May, with nothing in between.
But it looks like people who shared it did not even bother to look for the article; if not to verify, then to look for other juicy quotes to use… Too much work, I guess.
Fact #2 : Only 2 Booster Doses Were Approved In UK
In the United Kingdom, people are currently only allowed to receive up to two booster doses. Even then, the second booster dose was limited to front line health and social care workers, older people, or people who are immunocompromised.
For certain, no one would be able to received “dozens of boosters” as the fake screenshot claimed. As the first booster dose was approved in September 2021, Monbiot would have to take one booster dose every 3-4 weeks for that to be remotely true.
Fact #3 : There Are Only 2.2 Billion Children In The World
As of end 2022, there are roughly 2.2 billion children in the world. Obviously, it is impossible for billions of children to die from long Covid every day.
If even just one billion children die from long Covid every day, all the children in the world would be dead in two days.
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Fact #4 : It Was Parody By Sir Lefty Farr-Wright
I traced the origin of this viral screenshot to a parody account on Twitter, called Sir Lefty Farr-Wright, Hard-Right Parody Account (@GiveUsAQuid).
The Twitter account name left no doubt that the post was a parody, a joke. But it looks like either people who shared it are blind, or intentionally copied and posted it on their own accounts to mislead people.
Fact #5 : Right Said Fred Made It Go Viral
While Sir Lefty Farr-Wright has quite a following, with almost 20K followers, that George Monbiot screenshot was only shared like 50 times.
It appears that the fake screenshot only went viral after one-hit-wonder band from the 90s, Right Said Fred, posted it on their Twitter account the same day. After that, George Monbiot got bombarded with abuse by their followers.
After Right Said Fred realised that they were taken for a ride / trolled, they deleted the tweet, claiming that it was “clearly a joke”.
Actually it’s clearly a joke and my tweet reflected that, other people thought it was real so I deleted it. There, fixed it for you.
However, a screenshot taken by George Monbiot showed that they believed it was genuine. When someone pointed out that it was a parody, they responded, “Are you sure? The link is to his blog.”
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Fact #6 : Andrew Bridgen Was Expelled For Anti-Vax Comments
In case you are wondering about “the hated Bridgen” part, it is a reference to Andrew Bridgen, the Member of Parliament for North West Leicestershire.
Andrew Bridgen is a vocal critic of the COVID-19 vaccines, and was expelled from the Conservative Party on 12 April 2023, after he compared the vaccines to the Holocaust.
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